Swiss Architectural Award 2020 exhibition opens in Mendrisio


The opening of the ‘ Swiss Architectural Award’ exhibition

The ‘Swiss Architectural Award 2020‘ will be awarded on April 1, 2021, at the ‘Mendrisio Architecture Theater’ of the ‘Università della Svizzera italiana’ (University of Italian Switzerland).
Promoted by the ‘Theater of Architecture Foundation’, for the 2020 edition the prize was awarded to BRUTHER studio, based in Paris and founded by Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot. The following day, April 2, the exhibition of the participants will be open to the public.

What is the Swiss Architectural Award
Promoted since 2019 by the ‘Fondazione Teatro dell’Architettura’, the Award has involved the three Swiss Schools of Architecture in his judging panel (USI – Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio; EPFL – ENAC, Section d’Architecture, Lausanne; ETHZ – Departement Architektur, Zurich). The ‘Swiss Architectural Award’ recognizes outstanding architecture sensitive to contemporary ethical, aesthetic, and ecological issues, and aims, at the same time, to promote public debate on these topics. The Award is given to architects up to 50 years old (in the year in which the Award is launched), of any nationality, who have completed at least three significant works in relation to the aims of the Award.

The exhibition
The exhibition features the projects presented for the last edition of the Prize, reporting the works of 33 candidates from 19 different countries, with a particular focus on the winner’s works.

“Swiss Architectural Award 2020” – the winner
Founded in 2007 in Paris by Stéphanie Bru (1973) and Alexandre Theriot (1972), BRUTHER works in the fields of architecture, research, education, urbanism, and landscape. “Our projects suggest a delicate balance between strategy and form, rigor and freedom, specific and generic, immediacy and evolutivity…and stand for open infrastructures that fit an abundance of context possibilities and a wide malleability of uses”.
Before being awarded for the Swiss Architectural Award 2020, BRUTHER has received the Prix de l’Équerre d’argent  2016 (for the New Generation Research Centre, Caen), the Gold Award, Best Architects Awards 2016 (for the Cultural and Sports Centre Saint-Blaise, Paris), and has been nominated in 2015 for the Mies van der Rohe Award (for the Cultural and Sports Centre Saint-Blaise, Paris).


above: Bruther, Residence for researchers “Maison Julie-Victoire Daubié”, Paris, 2014-2018. © Photo by Maxime Delvaux


above: Bruther, New Generation Research Centre, Caen (France), 2013-2015.
© Photo by Maxime Delvaux


above and cover: Bruther, Cultural and Sports Centre Saint-Blaise, Paris, 2010-2014.
© Photo by Filip Dujardin

“Swiss Architectural Award 2020”
temporary exhibition
2 April / 24 December, 2021
Teatro dell’Architettura Mendrisio
Via Turconi 25 – 6850 Mendrisio, Switzerland

“Swiss Architectural Award 2020” – other candidates


Erika Nakagawa (Japan)
Office of Rhizomatiks, Tokyo (Japan), 2015. © Photo by courtesy of Erika Nakagawa

SAA-Mendrisio-2020-Angela Deuber-Scuola elementare-Thal

Angela Deuber (Switzerland)
Primary school, Thal (Switzerland), 2013. © Photo by Schaub Stierli Fotografie

SAA-Mendrisio-2020-Bernanrdo Bader-Cimitero islamico

Bernardo Bader (Austria)
Islamic Cemetery, Altnach (Austria), 2009-2012. © Photo by Adolf Bereuter


Carla Juaçaba (Brazil)
Posse House, Petropolis (Brazil), 2019. © Photo by courtesy of Carla Juaçaba Studio

SAA-Mendrisio-2020-Carmody-Groarke-Windermere-Jetty Museum

Carmody Groarke (England)
Windermere Jetty Museum, Lake District (England), 2011-2019. © Photo by Christian Richters


Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury / URBANA (Bangladesh)
Friendship Centre, Gaibandha (Bangladesh), 2008-2012. © Photo by Hélène Binet


DECA Architecture (Greece)
Aloni House, Antiparos (Greece), 2006-2008. © Photo by Erieta Attali

SAA-Office-Centre for Traditional Music

OFFICE (Belgium)
Centre for Traditional Music, Muharraq (Bahrain), 2012-2016. © Photo by Bas Princen

SAA-Xu Tiantian-Bamboo-Theatre

Xu Tiantian, DnA Design and Architecture (China)
Bamboo Theatre, Songyang (China), 2015. © Photo by Ziling Wang

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