The official ceremony of awarding the winners of the Inspireli Awards 2016 architectural competition took place in Prague.
February 13, 2017 in Prague (Czech Republic), under the auspices of the International Union of Architects (UIA), the official ceremony of awarding the winners of the Architectural Competition Inspireli Awards 2016 was held.
Inspireli Awards is the largest competition in the world by the number of participants. This year, 1052 young architects from 99 countries and more than 300 universities from all continents have presented their works.
The competition was created at the initiative of Czech President Václav Havel and a number of famous Czech architects in order to help young architects under the age of 35 start their careers on an international platform.

The competition jury includes 55 of the world’s leading architects from all continents, among them – prof. Harvard University Otto Dvořák (USA); Vice President of the International Union of Architects (UIA) prof. Deniz Incedayi (Turkey); Jürgen Mayer H. (Germany); Prof. François Valentiny (Luxembourg); Michal Postránecký (USA); Ian Bogle (Great Britain); Martin Dudasko (Australia); Budi Pradono (Indonesia); Chairman of the Congolese Architects Union Claudien Mulimilwa (Congo); Prof. Gan Pei (China); prof. Cees Dam (Netherlands); prof. Atsushi Kitagawara (Japan); Paolo Piva (Italy); prof. Jan Benda (Canada) and others.

Our country is represented in the competition jury by the People’s Architect of Ukraine, the Head of the Landscape Architecture Department at KNUCA, the doctor of architecture, prof. Tamara Panchenko. The winners of the Inspireli Awards 2016 Competition were: 1st place – Giacomo Garziano (Italy), who received the main prize – the “Wings to the Future” Cup, designed by well-known Czech architect Bořek Šípek, symbolizing the quality of creativity, harmony, vision, wisdom, courage, cheerfulness and peace; 2nd place was taken by Daiki Watanabe (Japan); 3rd place was shared by Somayeh Ravanshadnia (Iran) and Magdalena Tröbinger (Italy).

The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic Mgr. Kateřina Valachová; Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Mgr. Daniel Herman; Minister of Education of Italy Valeria Fedeli; Ambassadors of 4 countries that having national rounds: Armenia, Iran, Russia and Slovakia; Head of the Czech Association of Architects Oleg Haman and others.

From Ukraine were also invited the representative of Inspireli in Ukraine (Ambassador of Inspireli Team), Associate Professor of the Landscape Architecture Department Andriy Golub and postgraduate student of the Architectural Design of Civil Buildings and Structures Department Kristina Golub who are finalists of the Inspireli Awards 2015. Congratulations to the competition winners and we hope that next year Ukraine will have its national round and prize places.