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UIA 2017 Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism

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Ashraf Salama- the recipient of the 2017 Jean Tschumi Prize for excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism.

Nominated by the UIA Egyptian National Section, the nomination statement captures his work and impact “Prominent architect and educator, Ashraf Salama’s work has influenced generations of architects worldwide. An outstanding academic through his major books, he developed the discourse on architectural design pedagogy and has led three schools of architecture in three continents, two of which he has founded. As a distinguished researcher he is the author of key works on architecture of emerging cities.

The Jury, composed of UIA Bureau Members, included President Esa Mohamed (Malaysia), Past President Albert Dubler (France), Secretary General Thomas Vonier (USA), Treasurer Fabian Llisterri (Spain), and Vice-Presidents David Falla (UK), Deniz Incedayi (Turkey), Carlos Alvarez (Costa Rica), Yolanda Reyes (Philippines) and Ali Hayder (Sudan).

The Jury statement reflects the distinction his works “It is in a spirit of profound appreciation and admiration that the Jury has selected Professor Salama to be the 2017 winner of the prize.” His name is thus added to an illustrious list of renowned architects, historians and critics who have, since the mid 1960s, “formed the intellectual foundation of the profession, inspiring and guiding architects, students and the broader public towards a richer understanding of and a more thoughtful approach to architecture.

The UIA Bureau has decided upon the winners of the 2017 UIA Gold Medal and Prizes. The jury has attributed the Gold Medal, the highest honour awarded to a living architect by his fellow architects, to leading Japanese architect Toyo Ito.

  • The Auguste Perret Prize for Applied Technology in Architecture will go to Mr. Nikolay Shumakov.

  • The Jean Tschumi Prize for Architectural Education and Criticism was attributed to Professor Ashraf M Salama.

  • The Robert Matthew Prize for the Improvement of the Quality of Human Settlements went to Ms. Carin Smuts.

  • The Vassilis Sgoutas Prize recognizing inventive, implemented architectural solutions for reducing poverty was awarded to Mr. Hoang Thuc Hao.

Dedicated to the memory of the first UIA presidents, the UIA Prizes were created in 1961 to recognise professionals whose merits, talents, or actions have made an international impact in a particular aspect of the architectural profession. This year, the Secretariat received 46 nominations.



The Jean Tschumi Prize is awarded by the International Union of Architects to individuals for a significant contribution to architectural theory, or architectural education and criticism.

Earlier awardees of Jean Tschumi Prize include eminent theorists and academics including Joseph Rykwert (USA) in 2014, Kenneth Frampton (UK) in 2011, Luca Molinari (Italy) in 2008, Peter Davey (UK) in 2005, and Juhani Pallasmaa (Finland) in 1999. The full list of Prizes since 1967 is included below based on UIA records:

  • 2017 - Prize: Ashraf M. Salama (Egypt)

  • 2014 - Prize: Joseph Rykwert (United Kingdom)

  • 2011 - Prize: Kenneth Frampton (United Kingdom); Prize: Louise Noelle Gras (Mexico); Honorary Mention: Andy MacMillan & Isi Metzstein (United Kingdom)

  • 2008 - Prize: Luca Molinari (Italy); Prize: Escola Sert – COAC (Spain)

  • 2005 - Prize: QUADERNS d'arquitectura i urbanisme (Spain); Prize: Peter Davey (United Kingdom); Honorary Mention: Selim Khan-Magomedov (Russia (Federation of))

  • 2002 - Award: Elias Zenghelis (Greece)' Prize Manuel Tainha (Portugal); Honorary Mention: "World Architecture: A Critical Mosaic" Authors (China)

  • 1999 - Prize: Juhani Pallasmaa (Finland); Honorary mention: Jennifer Taylor (Australia)

  • 1996 - Prize: Peter Cook (United Kingdom); Prize: Lianguong Wu (China); Honorary Mention: Toshio Nakamura and the Mexican Editor COMEX

  • 1993 - Prize: Eric Kumchew Lye (Malaysia)

  • 1990 - Prize: Eduard Franz Sekler (Austria); Honorary Mention: Dennis Sharp (United Kingdom); Honorary Mention: Claude Parent (France)

  • 1987 - Prize: Christian Norberg-Schultz (Norway); Prize: Ada Louise Huxtable (United States)

  • 1984 - Prize: Julius Posener (GDR)

  • 1981 - Prize: Neville Quarry (Australia); Honorary Mention: Jorge Glusberg (Argentina); Honorary Mention: Tadeusz Barucki (Poland)

  • 1978 - Prize: Rectory and Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lima (Peru)

  • 1975 - Prize: Reyner Banham (United Kingdom)

  • 1972 - Prize: Joao Batista Vilanova Artigas (Brazil)

  • 1969 - Prize: I. Nikolaev (USSR); Prize: Pedro Ramirez Vazquez (Mexico)

  • 1967 - Prize: Jean-Pierre Vouga (Switzerland)

Awards and Fellowships

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  • 2019: Academician - Academy of Urbanism, London, United Kingdom.

  • 2018: Gold Medal, Career Achievement and Appreciation Award, UIA National Section: Society of Egyptian Architects, Cairo, Egypt

  • 2017: 2017 Recipient of the UIA Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism, International Union of Architects, Paris, France.

  • 2009: Fellow: Fellowship Award—Certificate of Recognition, Higher Education Academy, “Recognition of Expertise and Commitment to Enhancing and Supporting the Student Learning Experience in Higher Education, York, United Kingdom.

  • 2009: Fellow: Royal Society of the Arts—the RSA, London, United Kingdom.

  • 2005: Certificate of Award, CEFPI, Council of Educational Facilities Planners International, Contribution to the Ideals set forth by the Council. CEFPI, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

  • 2002: Appreciation Award- La Paz City Mayor, Bolivia, Contributing Jury Member and Reviewer in Inner City Re-development Program. La Paz, Bolivia.

  • 2000: Achievement Award- Institute of International Education, Sustainable Tourism Program. USAID, Washington, DC. USA.

  • 1999: Appreciation Award-Lleida City Council, Spain, Contribution in the International Program of Intermediate Cities. Lleida, Spain.

  • 1998: Paul Chemetove Prize, International Ideas Competition, Architecture and the Eradication of Poverty, International Union of Architects/UNESCO, Paris, France.

  • 1995: Outstanding Teaching and Research Award, Community Development Group, School of Architecture, College of Design, North Carolina State University, USA.

  • 1993: Channel Exchange Ph.D. Research Fellowship to the United States, Egyptian Ministry of Education, Cairo, Egypt.

  • 1990: First Prize of the International Architecture Design Studio, Canada, School of Architecture, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada.

  • 1987: Outstanding Academic Performance, Award of Excellence of Graduation Design Thesis, Society of Egyptian Architects, Cairo, Egypt.

Selected Visiting Appointments

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2019-2021: Honorary Visiting Professor, Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia.

2019-2019: Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia, Belgrade.

2017-2017: Visiting Professor, Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

2017-2017: Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia, Belgrade.

2015: Visiting Professor, Distinguished Visitor Program: Center for Sustainable Development at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom.

2014-2016: Visiting Professor, HBKU: Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.

2000 & 2006: Visiting Professor, University of Napoli - Federico II, Naples, Italy.

Selected Students Endorsements

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Cultural & Behavioural Factors (Master of Architecture) Class at the University of Strathclyde

“This class has offered us an interesting insight and observation into aspects of design that we have not considered before (Students Group a, Classe 2018).”

“The class has been intriguing, allowing us to question the reality of the built environment and social and behavioural aspects involved (Students Group, Class 2018).”

“… Overall, this class has proved beneficial for our team-building and effective communication skills (Students Group c, Class 2018).”

“… Despite that we disagreed at times, we were able through a consensus discussion process to understand the essence of each factor and impacts of one factor on our perception of others (Students Group, Class 2016).”

“… We were actively and deeply engaged in an action field research process that contributed to our collective assessment scores about the building in question (Students Group, Class 2015).”

Selected Recent Statements from Students

"… [I would like] to acknowledge (as a former PhD student and now Early Career Academic) that Professor Salama rewards hard work, and keeps in mind the career development of his former students and collaborators. He has, in fact, done more to support my professional and academic growth than many of my own line managers.” Brown (former PhD and colleague).

“…There have been times throughout my education that I have doubted my ability. However, Professor Salama’s mentoring and teaching style has helped me to believe in my own capabilities as future academic, and I now truly enjoy my research.” MacLean (former PhD).

“… Ashraf is an inspiring mentor, sharing his knowledge and skills and creating opportunities for other educators and researchers.” Khan (colleague and former PhD).

“Professor Salama has played a key role in my development since 1996 as a student, throughout my career, and for the future to come.” Gharib (former undergraduate, mentee, and colleague).

“I’ve always thought of Ashraf, our Head of School, as a professor whose door is always open and help will be given to those who ask.” Kennedy (former PhD).