Architecture Is Education
Global Award for Sustainable Architecture


By Jana Revedin and Marie-Hélène Contal


Education in architecture is a driving force behind the sustainability principles endorsed by the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. This book illustrates how education—with the core element of knowledge transfer—aligns with the principles of the award through four key educational categories, and how the methodological approaches of the winners relate to these categories.

The volume at hand, Architecture Is Education, emphasizes the connection between the various topics of education and the principles of sustainability in architecture. How can education contribute to sustainability, among other things, and how does education positively influence the future outcome in the architectural field? Which practices and methods are promising, forward-looking, and necessary for the development of the discipline?

The publication is based on interviews with the five award-winning architects, with a focus placed on the four categories in the field of education outlined below and on selected underpinning projects by this year’s winners. It provides the reader with a framework for approaching education through the lens of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture.

Experimentation in architecture involves projects that try out new and creative ways to navigate toward innovation processes and new paths. Architects in this category approach projects as experiments by testing new technologies, materials, and designs. In doing so, they push the boundaries of traditional architecture and contribute to the transfer of knowledge through new experiences.

Dissemination, in the field of architectural education, refers to architects sharing sustainable knowledge with a wide audience. They do so by sharing good practices, conducting research, releasing publications, attending conferences, or creating easy-to-understand educational materials. These efforts contribute steadily to spreading awareness of the principles of sustainable architecture.

Consulting in architectural education is about practitioners sharing their knowledge and skills to guide others in the industry. This may involve advising individuals or institutions on a range of sustainable architecture topics. Guidance, as part of education, ensures that specialist know-how is passed on effectively. The advisors’ knowledge transfer should positively influence decision-makers, especially when such decisions are made by nonexperts or people not involved in the discipline.

Training in architectural education prepares students with the practical skills and hands-on knowledge needed for sustainable architecture. This process includes workshops, courses, and participation in initiatives that practice sustainability in construction and convey its importance. By educating the next generation of architects and students in related fields, training is becoming an increasingly important instrument for learning how to put theory into practice.

Architecture Is Education examines the methods, tools, and approaches within four educational categories, illustrating how architects act as catalysts for education in sustainable thinking and action. By presenting the different approaches of the five award-winning architects, the book provides a methodological tool kit demonstrating the importance of education in the context of sustainability.

By drawing insightful conclusions from the interviews and the presentation of the architectural projects, the volume facilitates the identification of parallel patterns in the architects’ working methods across continents. The practical discourse goes beyond mere documentation, creating a dialogue that draws further insights from the various concepts developed by the architects presented in this volume.



Weight 950 g
Dimensions 26 × 24,5 × 30 mm
With contributions by

Marie-Hélène Contal, José Luis Uribe Ortiz, Jana Revedin, and Marlene Schneider

Laureates 2024

Iyas Shahin and Wesam Al Asali (IWLab), Damascus – Andrés Jaque, New York – Klaus K. Loenhart, Graz – Ciro Pirondi, São Paulo – Marina Tabassum, Dhaka




Hardback, full color, stich bound, embossing


24,5 x 26 cm / 9.6 x 12.2 in


approx. 100 illustrations

Page count

Approx. 160 pages

Publication Date

April 2024



About the Award

The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture was founded in 2006 by the architect and scholar Jana Revedin, together with the Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, the cultural partner of the award. The Global Award Community, which now consists of 80 contemporary architects from around the globe who have received the award, works towards a sustainable architectural ethics and fosters research, experimentation and transmission in the fields of sustainable architecture, urban renewal and academic social responsibility. It defines architecture as an agent of empowerment, self-development and civic rights.

The Global Award is under the patronage of UNESCO.

The scientific jury – chaired by Jana Revedin, founder and president of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture – is composed of :
Catherine Chevillot, President, Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France
Marie-Hélène Contal, architect, Dean of the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris, France
Professor Dr. Jacopo Galli, architect, IUAV University, Venice, Italy
Professor Spela Hudnik, architect, Ljubljana University, Slovenia
Professor Dr. Deniz Incedayi, architect, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey
Prof. Dr. Jana Revedin, architect, founding president of the Global Award for Sustainable ArchitectureTM, Venice, Italy
Honorary member: Professor Chris Younès, psychosociologist, doctorate and HDR in philosophy, École Spéciale d’Architecture

Iyas Shahin and Wesam Al Asali (IWLab), Damascus
Informality for Reconstruction: A possible Partnership?
Alternative Skies: Vaulting and Earthen Structures
Making: Crafts and Material Cultures

Andrés Jaque (OFFPOLINN), New York
Reggio School
Rambla Climate-House
Rolling House for the Rolling Society

Klaus K. Loenhart (integral designs and Institute of Architecture and Landscape), Graz
Grüne Erde Breathing Headquarters
City of Palmas Forest Co-Habitation

Ciro Pirondi (Escola da Cidade), São Paulo
Escola da Cidade
Social Pavilion
Training Center for Teachers

Marina Tabassum (MTA Architects), Dhaka
Khudi Bari
Women Led Community Center
Hamidur Rahman Community Center

Global Award Winners 2007-2023

2023 : Benedetta Tagliabue, Barcelona – Xu Tiantian, Bejing – Simon Teyssou, Le Rouget-Pers – Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Copenhagen – RAAAF (Ronald Rietveld & Erik Rietveld), Amsterdam

2022: Martin Rauch, Schlins, Vorarlberg – Anupama Kundoo, Auroville, Berlin – Okan Bal & Ömer Selçuk Baz, Yalin Architectural Design, Istanbul – Dorte Mandrup, Copenhague – Gilles Clément, Crozant

2021: Teresa Moller, Santiago – Solano Benitez & Gloria Cabral, Asuncion – Severiano Porto, Manaus – José Cubilla, Asuncion – Richard Sennett, London

2019: Rozana Montiel, Mexico – Werner Sobek, ILEK, Stuttgart – Ersen Gürsel, Istanbul – Ammar Khammash, Amman – Jorge Lobos, EAHR, Copenhagen

2018: Boonserm Premthada, Bangkok Project Studio, Bangkok – Raumlabor, Berlin – Marta Maccaglia, Associacion Semillas, Pangoa – Nina Maritz, Nina Maritz, Windhoek – Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal, Frédéric Druot, Paris

2017: Takaharu Tezuka + Yui Tezuka, Tokyo – Brian MacKay-Lyons & Talbot Sweetapple, Halifax – Assemble, London – Sonam Wangchuk, Leh, Ladakh – Paulo David, Funchal

2016: Patrice Doat, Grenoble – Derek van Heerden & Steve Kinsler, East Coast architects, Durban – Kengo Kuma, Tokyo – Gion Antoni Caminada, Vrin – Patama Roonrakwit, Case Studio, Bangkok

2015: Marco Casagrande, Helsinki – Santiago Cirugeda, Seville – Jan Gehl, Copenhagen – Juan Roman, Talca – Rotor, Brussels

2014: Christopher Alexander, Arundel – Tatiana Bilbao, Mexico – Adrian Geuze, West 8, Rotterdam – Bernd Gundermann, Auckland – Martin Rajnis, Prague

2013: José Paulo Dos Santos, Porto – Ted Flato & David Lake, Lake-Flato, San Antonio – Kevin Low, Kuala Lumpur – Marie Moignot & Xavier De Wil, MDW, Brussels – Al Borde, Quito

2012: Salma Samar Damluji, Beirut – Anne Feenstra, Kabul – Andreas Gjertsen & Yashar Hanstad, TYIN Tegnestue, Oslo – Philippe Madec, Paris – Suriya Umpansiriratana, Bangkok

2011: Shlomo Aronson, Jerusalem – Carmen Arrospide Poblete, Patronate MachuPicchu, Cuzco – Teddy Cruz, San Diego – Anna Heringer, Laufen – Vatnavinir, Reykjavik

2010: Steve Baer, Albuquerque – Phil Harris & Adrian Welke, Troppo, Darwin – Junya Ishigami, Tokyo – Giancarlo Mazzanti, Bogota – Snohetta, Oslo

2009: Patrick Bouchain Paris – Thomas Herzog, Munich – Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai, Mumbai – Francis Kéré, Berlin – Sami Rintala, Bodø

2008: Alejandro Aravena, Santiago – Fabrizio Carola, Naples – Andrew Freear, Rural Studio, Auburn – Philippe Samyn, Brussels – Carin Smuts, Cape Town

2007: Françoise-Hélène Jourda, Paris – Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu, Hangzhou – Hermann Kaufmann, Schwarzach – Stefan Behnisch, Stuttgart – Balkrishna Doshi, Ahmedabad


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