OOPEAA wins Spotlight Prize 2017
The ninth annual Spotlight Prize will be awarded to OOPEAA. Founder and Director Anssi Lassila will visit Houston on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 to accept the prize and give a lecture at The MATCH, Houston, at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) Prize celebrates the work of emerging architects from the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. This award highlights the work of exceptionally gifted architects at an early stage in their professional careers. The RDA Spotlight committee convenes annually to consider local, national, and international architects who demonstrate design excellence and promise a great design future. Since its inception the Spotlight Prize has been awarded to such architects as Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Anton Garcia Abril (Spain), Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile), and LA Dallman (U.S.A.) among others. Last year’s award recipient was the Barcelona and Mexico City office of Cadaval & Sola Morales.
This year the Board of Directors of the Rice Design Alliance unanimously selected OOPEAA as the 2017 Spotlight Award recipient in full recognition of the outstanding and inspiring work of the office.
Anssi Lassila is the founder and principal of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture. His international breakthrough was the Kärsämäki Shingle Church in 2004 after which he quickly gained a distinctive position among young Finnish architects. His architecture displays an interest in combining a sculptural form with traditional materials and innovative techniques. Lassila has extensive experience in working with wood in architecture. In his approach he emphasizes the potential embedded in exploring new methods and techniques as a means of developing new solutions in building. OOPEAA works on a wide range of projects on varying scales from churches and daycare centers to housing and town planning as well as extensions to historically valuable landmarks.
The Rice Design Alliance is a non-profit organization formed within the Rice School of Architecture in 1972 and dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region through educational programs, the publication of its award-winning journal Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, and active programs to initiate physical improvements.
Find more information on the Spotlight Prize here