The Prize was launched by the Singapore Institute of Architects and Getz Bros. & Co. (Singapore) in 2005. To date, the award has drawn entries from over 10 countries within Asia including China, Japan, India, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Taiwan and Philippines.
The laureates for 2006, 2008 and 2010 are Mr Chan Soo Khian (Singapore), Dr Hitoshi Abe (Japan) and Mr Wong Mun Summ & Mr Richard Hassell (Singapore).
The biennial SIA-Getz Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia honours an architect who has significantly contributed to the progress of architecture in Asia. In the last decade, Asia has seen an overwhelming rate of development, and this is beginning to have an impact upon the history of architecture as well as its future. It is therefore timely to recognise and promote emergent Asian architects and architecture, much as the Pritzker Prize has for the worldwide community of architects.
The Prize aims to:
- Increase recognition of emergent Asian architects and architecture
- Increase public involvement and appreciation of Asian architecture
- Encourage future generations of Asian architects
- Honour a living architect and to recognise a career in progress
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