ECOLA 2018/19

The agony of choice

During the jury session 2019 in Stühlingen, four first prizes were awarded after the assessment of all 111 projects from 27 European countries.



European Conference of Leading Architects
Award for the Use of Render in Architecture

Competition & Conference

ECOLA combines a European competition for architecture with a conference showcasing all aspects of render as a material. The competition and conference were born out of the Bundesdeutschen Architekturpreis Putz (the federal architectural award for render) that was founded in Germany in the year 2000. Today, as back then, the awards are bestowed by Sto SE & Co. KGaA and the Federal Association for Finishing and Facade in the Umbrella Association of the German Building Industry (Bundesverband Ausbau und Fassade im Zentralverband des Deutschen Baugewerbes).

The competition invites nominees from one-off projects or overall concepts for urban development that use render as a material to make an architectural statement. There are two award categories:
  • New builds or urban development concepts in which render is a prominent material
  • Refurbishments (including projects with listed-building protection) where there is an obligation to use render responsibly

The ECOLA conference is a melting pot for presentations, workshops and excursions on the topic of “Architecture and render”.
ECOLA has taken place five times since 2006. The 2018/2019 event is its sixth appearance on the calendar. 19 nominating judges are submitting nominations for 100 projects from up to 44 countries. An international jury will select two winners and two commendable mentions from the nominated projects in May 2019.

The winners, commendable mentions, nominating jurors, and judges will be invited to share their experiences and knowledge about all aspects of render as a material and attend the glittering awards ceremony in September 2019 at the ECOLA Conference in Tallinn.

Jorge P. Silva from Aires Mateus e Associados, Lisbon

explains the Meeting Centre in Grandola, Portugal - winner in the category "New Building"

Ivan Milošević from AIM Studio, Podgorica,

comments the Community Centre of Gošići, Montenegro – winner in the category “New Building”

José Gutierrez Marquez from Bruno Fioretti Marquez Architekten, Berlin,

explicates the refurbishment, conversion and extension of Schloss Wittenberg, Germany – winner in the category “Refurbishment/Renovation/Conversion”

Irene Pérez Piferrer from TEd’A arquitectes explains the project

„4 tourist apartments, Can Picafort, Islas Baleares, Spain – winner in the category „Refurbishment/Renovation/Conversion“

Manuelle Gautrand talks about the Meeting Centre in Grândola

Head of the jury 2019

Prof. Valentin Bearth talks about Conversion and Extension Schloss Wittenberg

Member of the jury 2019

Andreas Cukrowicz talks about Local Community Center Gošići

Member of the jury 2019

Manuelle Gautrand talks about 4 tourist apartments in Can Picafort, Mallorca

Head of the jury 2019

Statement from Sir Peter Cook

(Crab Studio, London) Chairman of the jury 2015

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