2018 RAMSA Prize
The prize is intended to encourage RAMSA design staff to engage in targeted, in-depth research into a city, town, or place, in a way that can meaningfully inform design work. In addition, the prize allows staff to pursue personal interests as an extension of the firm’s research-based design principles.
The 2018 RAMSA Prize recipients will be announced in September.
2017 Prize Recipients – Robert Cannavino and Mark Santrach
Robert Cannavino and Mark Santrach’s research focused on early-20th-century social housing in Amsterdam that originated from the National Housing Act of 1902. The completion of entire neighborhoods during a small window of time between the First and Second World Wars aimed to combat the increasing overpopulation and deterioration of the city, and would promote the planning, funding, and standardization of Dutch housing for decades. “The Dutch created rich urban fabrics with just social housing,” wrote Cannavino and Santrach. “Despite lacking grand civic buildings and the benefit of incremental growth, the new neighborhoods espoused a clear hierarchy of forms, a rich network of public spaces, and a degree of picturesque monumentality.”
2016 Prize Recipients – Javier Perez and Robert Moldafsky
Javier Perez and Robert Moldafsky traveled to cities in central Mexico and port cities in the Caribbean and Central America to study Spanish Colonial architecture. Each location was selected for its unique climate, local materials, and regional differences. Perez and Moldafsky studied “how these sets of stimuli created new variations in Spanish architectural character across New Spain.”