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Area Rug Winners from the Architizer 8th Annual A+Awards

Winners in the industry's largest awards program spotlight the future of architecture and product design.

8/26/2020
A white bed on an emerald green and gold rug.
The Mist collection designed by Shaw in collaboration with Republic of II by IV is chosen for the Carpets prize in the A+Awards.

NEW YORK -- Architizer, the world's leading online platform for architecture and building-products, announces the winners of the 8th Annual Architizer A+Awards.

Founded on the premise of democratizing architecture, the A+Awards is the industry's largest and most international awards program and honors the best architecture, spaces, and products from across the globe. Winners are selected by a panel of architect jurors.

In the product awards, floor coverings companies were eligible to enter two categories: Building Systems-Sustainable Design Products and Finishes/Carpet. The 2020 Carpet prize awarded by the jury of architects went to Shaw Contract for its Mist Collection by Republic of II by IV. The popular choice winner for carpets was the new Spaces collection by Belgium-based Thibault van Renne. Among the carpet finalists were two collections by the Rockwell Group: The Desert Lights carpet and rug collection, and the David Rockwell Collection for The Rug Company.



The new Spaces rug collection by Thibault van Renne is the 2020 People's Choice winner in the A+Awards Carpet category.

The 2020 A+Awards Carpet prize goes to Shaw Contract for the Mist collection by Republic of IIXIV.

ARCHITECTURAL AWARDSA

In response to global upheaval, this season's theme, The Future of Architecture, elevates those designs that are transforming society and the built environment for generations to come. 2020 winners include 194 innovative projects and products by renowned industry leaders and emerging talents, among them:

● Lake|Flato (Marine Education Center, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA)
● Toshiko Mori Architect (Fass School and Teachers' Residences, Fass, Senegal)
● Carlo Ratti Associati (CURA: Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments, Turin, Italy)
● Atelier TAO+C (Capsule Hotel in a Rural Library, Zhejiang, China)
● MVRDV (Tainan Spring, Tainan, Taiwan)
● BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group (The Twist / Kistefos Gallery, Jevnaker, Norway)

The full list of winners can be found at awards.architizer.com/winners-gallery/.


A carpet finalist in the 2020 A+Awards, the Desert Lights Carpet and Rug collection is by The Rockwell Group.

"In this new generation, we are all 'start architects', and not 'star architects'. The playing field of architecture is getting much wider, and thanks to new technology and media, we can ask what is possible, not just what is profitable." Chris Precht, Precht Founder and A+Awards Winner

In its 8th season, the A+Awards received over 5,000 entries from 100+ countries, with a special emphasis on honoring projects that respond to imminent global challenges such as climate change, urbanization and migration, rising inequity, and pandemic. Notable Jurors included Amanda Levete (Principal, AL_A), Christian Benimana (Director, Africa Design Centre), David de Rothschild (explorer and climate activist), Aric Chen (curator, Design Miami/Basel), Neri Oxman (designer and faculty, MIT Media Lab), and many more.

A Jury-selected Winner and a Popular Choice Winner were awarded in each of the 115 categories, with over 400,000 votes cast by the voting public. In addition to the Jury and Popular Choice winners, Special Honoree Awards are being presented to six key works this year. With projects ranging from rural community centers to national transportation infrastructure, these Honoree Awards demonstrate the extraordinary impact of architecture at both local and global scales and highlight works that act as new models for communities and cities worldwide.


The 2020 Honoree Awards include:

● Beijing Daxing International Airport (Zaha Hadid Architects)
● Thammasat University Urban Rooftop Farm (LANDPROCESS)
● Temporary Site of Shengli Market (LUO studio)
● Solar Carve (40 Tenth Ave) (Studio Gang)
● MuseumLab (Koning Eizenberg Architecture)
● Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre (iredale pedersen hook architects and Advanced
Timber Concepts Studio)

"I am honored to accept this award and to join other recipients whom I have long admired and respected. As an industry, let's consider these awards an incentive to continually improve our future work, rather than simply a recognition of what we have accomplished in the past," said Carlo Ratti, Carlo Ratti Associati founder and A+Award Winner.

Also back for its sixth edition, Phaidon's annual compendium ARCHITIZER: The World's Best Architecture will feature 2020 winners from the Architecture categories. This stunning hardbound book will be released in early 2021 and is the definitive guide to the year's best buildings and spaces. Architizer will also launch a companion competition, the A+Firm Awards, honoring the designers behind the world's best projects, in Fall 2020.

About the A+Awards

The Architizer A+Awards is the world's largest awards program for architecture and building-products, celebrated by a global audience of 400+ million. The program's mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture around the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.
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