The Dedalo Minosse awards ceremony at Vicenza – The oscars of the architecture world

Winners of the Tenth Edition of the International Dedalo Award for Commissioned Architecture are currently preparing for the Awards Ceremony. The event, promoted for 20 years by ALA Assoarchitetti in collaboration with the Veneto Region* will be held in Vicenza on 22nd and 23rd June in the Palladian buildings that are an international symbol of architecture and which have generously been made available by the City of Vicenza.
The Dedalo Minosse is a unique award worldwide in which the Client, often overlooked when it comes to architecture, is recognized as being a fundamental and strategic part of the constructive process. This is recognition of a positive and stimulating role that along with the abilities of the architects involved contributes to the creation of good architecture.


Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Shimura Branch Tokyo


Open to public and private clients from all over the world, the event selects and presents a number of architectural buildings as a visible sign of contemporary research in which the contribution to quality derives from the partnership between architect and client. Since its foundation, more than 8,000 entries have been entered in the contest with over 50 countries taking part. Over 200 events have been organized and the international roadshow has visited more than 50 countries.

The list of renowned designers from previous editions includes Gae Aulenti, Campo Baeza, Mario Botta, Guido Canali, Massimiliano Fuksas, Von Gerkan Marg Und Partner, Zaha Hadid, Kisho Kurokawa, Mecanoo, Manfredi Nicoletti, Erik Owen Moss, Dominique Perrault, Paul de Ruiter, Piero Sartogo, Studio Odile Decq, Oscar Tusquets, Claude Vasconi and Cino Zucchi.
This year for the 10th edition there were about 400 entries with the participation of almost 40 countries from around the world including Argentina, the Philippines, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, India, Peru, Portugal, Russia, the United States, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vietnam.

For this tenth edition, the International Jury made up of architects, clients, artists, personalities and professionals of unquestionable authority and experience has assigned the following awards:
– the Dedalo Minosse International Award to a client who has commissioned a freelance architect from any country;
– the Dedalo Minosse OCCAM – Under 40 International Award to a client who has commissioned a young freelance architect from any country;
– the ALA Award – Assoarchitetti Fondazione Inarcassa to a client from any country who has commissioned a freelance Italian architect;
– the ALA-Assoarchitetti – Under 40 Award to a client from any country, who has commissioned a young Italian freelance Italian architect;

During the evaluation and assessment process, special attention was paid to social, economic and environmental sustainability, Design for All, the development and conservation of the environment, landscape and architectural heritage, the use of innovative technologies and materials, the enhancement of local traditions and languages, the multidisciplinary design approach and the integration of art/architecture and design/architecture.

The names of the award winners and those mentioned in the 2016/2017 edition will be officially announced at the awards ceremony on 23rd June at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza.
The winning projects will be on display from 24th June to 16th July in Vicenza at the Palazzo Chiericati Civic Museum.