Euregional Prize for Architecture 2023

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Congratulations! Several RWTH graduates awarded EAP prize

The Faculty of Architecture would like to congratulate Jakob Naujack, Anatol Pabst, Lukas Frenzel and Philipp Goertz, who were awarded prizes at this year's Euregional Prize for Architecture (EAP). Jakob Naujack secured the grandiose first place with his groundbreaking thesis "How many rooms do you need to live in?", supervised by the Chair of Building Theory (Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Anne-Julchen Bernhardt). Anatol Pabst took second place with his Master's thesis "Operation (am) Bestand", also at the Chair of Building Theory. In addition, RWTH graduates Lukas Frenzel was honored for his master's thesis "postautomobile" and Philipp Goertz for his innovative work "Aachen BUSHOF MAGNETISCH.". Every year, the EAP is awarded by the multidisciplinary cultural institute SCHUNCK* to three exemplary final theses from the five architecture faculties based in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.

Jury decision Jakob Naujack:

"According to the jury, this project is a social statement, wherein Naujack is questioning the regulation attached to social housing and tests and rethinks what these actually mean for daily life. The project focuses on flexible housing plans to accommodate changing family types, cleverly altering apartment typologies through the poetic action of just ‘closing’ a door. It challenges the rigid norms of social housing with creative architectural solutions. This approach, rich in playful poetry and meticulous spatial design, aligns with core architectural values: spatial adeptness, sensitivity to daily needs, and simple solutions to societal challenges. Termed 'ordinaire / extraordinaire,' it transforms the mundane into extraordinary architectural material, echoing John Habbraken's concepts."

Jury decision Anatol Pabst:

"This project tackles the challenge of making an immense hospital livable through sensitive architectural interventions. This well-balanced, controlled, and realistic proposal skillfully repurposes an abandoned building for large-scale quality housing. The student demonstrates a clear understanding of the stakes, ensuring the proposed spaces, including the building's plinth, are inhabitable. The project's visualizations strike a well-considered balance – appropriate and delicate – which suits the project well."

Further information can be found on the website of the SCHUNCK* cultural institute.