2021 Rafael Manzano Prize

The Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture is mainly aimed to promote traditional architecture

On November 17, the tenth Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture , will be awarded with € 50,000. The jury, made up of prestigious national and international architects, has decided to award this year the Spanish architect Sergi Bastidas.

Sergi Bastidas has worked chiefly in Mallorca, in both new building and renovation, seeking always to use traditional materials and techniques. He also has a particular interest in integrating into his buildings the identity of the place to which they belong. The buildings he designs seem to merge with their setting thanks to his attention to local terrain, climate, materials and building traditions, the ways in which the place has been used traditionally and its vegetation and landscape. Hence he is a great advocate of more natural and sustainable materials, which also give his work warmth and humanity: stone, lime, wood, cane, etc.

The Richard H. Driehaus Heritage Preservation Medal

José María Ballester will receive the award at the Manzano Prize ceremony

The third Heritage Preservation Medal was awarded to José María Ballester in recognition of a career in which he has excelled in promoting and applying a broad and inclusive notion of heritage, without detaching it from land and landscape, natural and economic resources or traditional culture and knowledge. This vision has led him to implement rural development initiatives based on this concept of heritage, seeking to generate wealth and to keep people living in rural areas by developing their natural and cultural resources.

José María Ballester is also a founding member of Hispania Nostra and has been highly active in the governing bodies of Europa Nostra and as a juror in the European Heritage Awards.

On Wednesday, November 17, the award ceremony for both awards will take place at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando en Madrid.