2020 ACSF Outstanding Achievement Award

DAVID LEATHERBARROW

CHOSEN TO RECEIVE 2020 ACSF AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

Scholar and educator David Leatherbarrow has won this year’s Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum (ACSF). The purpose of the award is to recognize, celebrate, and raise public awareness of exceptional work that significantly advances the mission of the ACSF in architecture, landscape architecture, art, design, urbanism, planning, and related fields. Leatherbarrow was chosen for his “scholarship, writing, and teaching in the fields of architectural phenomenology and history,” according to the ACSF Board of Directors.

Leatherbarrow is Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught architectural design, history, and theory since 1984, and served as Chair of the Ph.D. program for approximately two decades. Before his tenure at Pennsylvania he taught in England, at Cambridge University, and the Polytechnic of Central London. He has also visited and taught at many universities throughout the world, and has held guest professorships in Europe, South America, and Asia. Leatherbarrow studied architecture at the University of Kentucky, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He completed his Ph.D. in Art at the University of Essex under the supervision of Joseph Rykwert and Dalibor Vesely.

Leatherbarrow’s research has focused on various topics in the history and theory of architecture, gardens, and urbanism; more recently his work has concentrated on ecological issues and the impact of contemporary technology on architecture and the city. When his latest book, Building Time, appears this fall, he will have published ten books, including: Three Cultural Ecologies (co-authored with William Wesley); 20th Century Architecture; Architecture Oriented Otherwise; Uncommon Ground: Architecture; Technology and TopographyThe Roots of Architectural Invention: Site, Enclosure and MaterialsOn Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time (co-authored with Mohsen Mostafavi, which won the 1995 International Book Award in architectural theory from the American Institute of Architects); and Surface Architecture (also with Mostafavi), which won the Bruno Zevi Prize from the International Congress of Architecture Critics. Leatherbarrow has published scholarly articles in many architecture journals, such as, AA Files; arq: Architectural Research Quarterly; l’Architecture d’Aujuord’hui; Daidalos; Nordic Architecture; Shinkenchiku; Journal of Garden History; Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians; and Rassegna. This year AIA and ACSA awarded him the Topaz Medallion for Architectural Education.

To mark the award, Leatherbarrow will deliver a virtual ACSF lecture during the summer. Members of ACSF believe that the design and experience of the built environment can assist the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues. The mission of the ACSF is to provide an international forum for scholarship, education, practice, and advocacy regarding the cultural and spiritual significance of the built environment. More information about the ACSF and the Award can be found at the ACSF website: acsforum.org.

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BRIGITTE SHIM AND HOWARD SUTCLIFFE

 CHOSEN TO RECEIVE 2020 ACSF AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe of the Toronto-based firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects have been selected for this year’s Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum (ACSF). The purpose of the award is to recognize, celebrate, and raise public awareness of exceptional work that significantly advances the mission of the ACSF in architecture, landscape architecture, art, design, urbanism, planning, and related fields. Shim and Sutcliffe were chosen for their “demonstrated sensitivity to the spiritual in their built and unbuilt work,” according to the ACSF Board of Directors.

Shim and Sutcliffe are partners as well as collaborators. In their practice they share a deep concern for the cultural and spiritual significance of architecture, landscape, and interior and industrial design. Their work demonstrates a commitment to themes of the sacred and spiritual in architecture and landscape.

Shim apprenticed for Arthur Erickson in Vancouver and upon graduation she worked for Baird/ Sampson Architects in Toronto. She began teaching in 1988 at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture & Design, where she is currently a professor. She has served on numerous international, national, and local design juries, and is on the Aga Khan Architecture Award steering committee. Following graduation, Howard Sutcliffe immersed himself in the making of architecture. He contributed to the studios of Ronald Thom, Barton Myers, and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg, working on international and national competitions and built projects, including the Kitchener City Hall. Shim and Sutcliffe formed their practice in 1994.

Among their celebrated works in the realm of the sacred are Congregation Bet Ha’am Synagogue (2009), designed to aid in the transition from the everyday to the sacred; the Atherley Narrows Bridge project, which addresses concepts of Native American spirituality and preservation of the 5,000-year-old Mnjikaning fish weirs; the Fung Loy Kok Place of Worship (Daoist) in Toronto (2015); and the chapel and residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto (2013). Shim and Sutcliffe’s work has won local, national, and international recognition and awards, and has been exhibited internationally and been published throughout the world. 

To mark the award, Shim and Sutcliffe will deliver a virtual ACSF lecture during the summer.  Members of ACSF believe that the design and experience of the built environment can assist the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues. The mission of the ACSF is to provide an international forum for scholarship, education, practice, and advocacy regarding the cultural and spiritual significance of the built environment. More information about the ACSF and the Award can be found at the ACSF website: acsforum.org.

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