Argentine architect Cesar Pelli will receive, next July 15 in Bilbao, the BIA Prize. This award is granted by the Architects Association in Bizkaia. The award honours a professional for his special contribution to the urban regeneration of Bilbao. Two years ago the first edition of this award was given to British Architect Sir Norman Foster. This edition the award recognizes the work of Cesar Pelli in planning the Abandoibarra area, crowned with the Iberdrola Tower, the skyscraper of 165 meters, the new financial and business icon of the city.
The award recognizes the contribution of Cesar Pelli to the process of transformation of the waterfront of Bilbao. Architects award the work of Pelli in the Masterplan of Abandoibarra. A job that “stands as an important piece in the set of actions taken in order to regenerate the city.” A task that “has resulted in a space recovered for citizenship and taken as a model when undertaking similar actions in other urban environments.”
The architectural work of Cesar Pelli (Tucumán, 1926) stands out for its elegance and sobriety of the lines of their buildings. Pelli combines materials like glass, stone and metal. More than 80 projects (many of the world’s most recognizable buildings, including the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong) represent its architecture as a continually evolving art that can express the aspirations of our shared culture. In his designs he based on architecture’s rich history and on evolving technologies.
The awarded is a founder member of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, one of the most recognized worldwide architecture studies a firm that designs buildings that are contemporary, broadly resonant and optimistic. This firm, based in New Haven Co has received critical acclaim and hundreds of design awards, including the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award, the highest honor for an architectural practice. In 1995, the American Institute of Architects awarded Cesar Pelli the Gold Medal, its highest honor for an individual.
The BIA Prize will be awarded to César Pelli on 15 July as part of a gala dinner will take place in the Iberdrola Tower, under the chairmanship from mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto. This gala will close the program related to architecture that the city will host in the first half of July, during the second edition of BIA Urban Regeneration Forum.
BIA 2016 is an initiative by the Bizkaia Delegation of the College of Architects Vasco-Navarro (COAVN), which has the support, among others, of Bilbao City Council, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, the Basque Government and Tecuni.