2023 results

Sumayya Vally, Counterspace

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Winner: Emerging architect of the year 2023. South African architect Sumayya Vally.

Sumayya Vally is founder of Counterspace, an award-winning architecture and research practice. Vally's current projects are focused on expressions for African and Islamic hybrid identities and territories.

Projects by Sumayya Vally include the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion, a commemorative pedestrian bridge in Belgium, and artistic direction of the inaugural Islamic Arts Biennale in Jeddah in early 2023, among a diverse range of installations and architectural gestures.

Judges comments: "An emerging star, who has already been named one of Time magazine's 100 leaders of the future, South African architect Sumayya Vally is one of the world’s most exciting young architects. Since gaining global attention as the youngest-ever designer of the high-profile Serpentine Pavilion, she has gone from strength to strength, designing installations and bridges as well as being artistic director for the first Islamic Arts Biennale. Expect big things in the future."

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