MILKA BLIZNAKOV PRIZE
The Milka Bliznakov Prize is conducted annually to recognize
research that advances knowledge of women's contributions to
architecture and related design fields.
This year the Board of
Advisors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture
is pleased to announce the recognition of two finalist projects
The Heart of
PQ by Dorrita Hannah of Wellington, New Zealand
The Commendation recognized un-housing performance : The Heart of PQ, "an exhibition/event on the Senses in Performance," as an important project that extends the reach of women in architecture. The work challenges the notion of boundaries in architecture related to performance. Five main sections constructed as towers define a landscape for the senses with a tower devoted to each taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell, and draw performance into relationship with the body, rituals, and constructed material. Constructed at the Prague Quadrennial (PQ), artists collaborated during two weeks of construction followed by two weeks of performance inhabitation with 50 artists from around the world.
by Janet Stoyel of Sheldon, United Kingdom.
The Commendation recognized Sonicloth© as an important development for textiles in architecture with the development of this patented product. The Jury found special interest in the sustaining relationship of this material development and uses to enhance existing material manufacturing, since the research work involved constructing a design team with an old established family concern noted for precision weaving. Stoyel states that, Sonicloth "challenges the perception of the textile medium." The product Sonicloth challenges the architectural profession to utilize wire textiles and broaden the scope of architecture and related design fields.
About the Milka Bliznakov Prize process
The Board of Advisors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture
(IAWA) Presents this Annual Prize of $1000 Following a
Two Stage Process:
Stage One is an open review of proposals.
Stage Two is by invitation to finalists from stage one.
STAGE ONE: REVIEW OF PROPOSALS
A 500 word proposal with curriculum vitae must be received or postmarked by 1 September 2003. Electronic submissions are encouraged.
Proposals may include original projects, research, or scholarly work, which contributes to and advances the recognition of women's contributions in design. The board encourages proposals that draw upon or expand the IAWA collections and reflect upon
the broader context of women's contributions in the field of design. The product of the work should be specified in the initial proposal.
The IAWA jury may select up to six (6) proposals from the first round of proposals. Authors of these selected proposals will be invited to continue their work and submit their completed project to the jury for stage two of the Bliznakov Prize.
The prize money will be awarded to the winner following review of the second stage finalists' submissions by this final IAWA jury.
Proposals for stage one should be sent to:
IAWA Executive Committee
ATTN: Donna Dunay, AIA
Chair, Milka Bliznakov Prize Committee
202 COWGILL HALL (0205)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061