architecture for health students’ award

Berlin, 2nd of February 2021

The Architecture for Health Students ‘Award, donated by the Christine and Hans Nickl Foundation and presented by the European Network Architecture for Health, honours three pioneering student projects that deal with the subject of building and health.

In the coming year, the award will be enriched by a Charité special prize.

With the Architecture for Health Students ’Award, which was presented for the first time in 2019, the Christine and Hans Nickl Foundation would like to encourage young architects and planners to engage in the social and architectural challenges of building in and for the healthcare system.

Ten papers from eight universities from four different nations were submitted. On January 22nd, 2021, the online jury meeting took place to select the award-winning works.

Three works prevailed in the anonymous process, each of which takes up the topic of building for health with very different approaches.

Since there were no travel or food costs due to the digital jury meeting, the donors decided to increase the prize money from a total of EUR 4,000 to EUR 5,000 plus allowance for expenses.

The jury agreed to award two first prizes at 2000 euros and a third prize at 1000 euros, as well as the award of expense allowances of 300 euros to each of the other authors.

Finally, jury member Jochen Brinkmann, head of the construction department and strategic planning at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, announced a Charité special prize for the next edition of the Architecture for Health Students ‘Award.

1st Prize “The Light of the World – The Typology of Obstetrics”

Author: Josephine Herrmann

University: Technische Universität Wien

Supervisor: Univ.Prof. Tina Gregoric Dekleva

Extract from the protocol:

The work reveals consistent depth and quality. From its analysis of the problem of an obstetrics ward to the development of a design and on to an investigation of the individual interior spatial situations, the work was continuously carried out with great care. The need to create a supporting atmosphere in separate childbirth situations is contemporary. The way in which the delivery room was addressed was particularly appreciated.

1st Prize “Healing the city: exploring the spatial determinants of Tuberculosis in the slums of Lima”

Author: Mauricio Gilbonio

University: Universität Stuttgart & Ain Shams University Cairo

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley & Prof. Dr. Mohamed Salheen

Extract from the protocol:

The jury agreed that the work addresses a very relevant theme, which will become increasingly important in future. Furthermore, the work for the context of Lima is well suited for application to other countries and regions. In fact, in view of the current pandemic, it can also be applied to other pathologies. The study’ s approach and results are well documented and graphically presented in a very attractive way. Approval was also expressed concerning the study’s structure, which integrated socio-cultural and architectural-historical backgrounds, applying a good mixture of theoretical and practice-based analysis.

3rd Prize “Link Diverstiy”

Author: Artem Yasel

University: Universität Kassel

Supervisor: Prof. Marie-Therese Harnoncourt-Fuchs

Extract from the protocol:

The project addresses a very topical theme: new forms of inner-urban healthcare centres that go beyond their function of medical services and serve as locations of exchange and communication for people from different cultural backgrounds. Although the floor plans reveal a number of functional weaknesses, the jury was generally impressed by the innovative urban-planning and content-based approach, as well as the concept of a bridge building.