2021 International Architecture Awards unveil 130 of the best-designed buildings and landscapes from around the world


The World’s Foremost International Distinguished Building, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism Awards Program.

It is the oldest and most prestigious international building awards program, bestowed by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The Oldest and Largest Global Awards Program Featuring the World’s Most Prominent Architecture Firms was Officially Celebrated at “The City and the World” Exhibition and Gala Reception in Athens, Greece on September 10.

Some of the best architecture from 35 nations by today’s foremost practices were revealed as The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design announced the winners of The International Architecture Awards for 2021, celebrating buildings and landscapes to have been completed across the world between 2019 and 2021.

A new Apple Store in Singapore by Foster + Partners, a new residential high-rise in Spain by Pininfarina SpA., a sports arena in Germany by Behnisch Architekten, a new university building in New York by Rafael Viñoly Architects, a collection of new skyscrapers by Kohn Pedersen Fox in Shanghai, New York, Singapore, and Bangkok, a new financial center in Guangdong by Aedas, a dynamic new museum renovated from an old blast furnace by CCTN Architectural Design Co. Ltd., an adaptive-reuse of a Berlin apartment complex by Tchoban Voss Architekten GmbH, a new mosque in Algiers by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, an urban park in Qatar by AECOM, a new airport in Singapore by Safdie Architects, charging stations by GRAFT, student housing in Miami by Arquitectonica, a deconstructed retail store in China by Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), a new London performance space for ballet by Glenn Howells Architects, and new transportation centers by Grimshaw Architects, ASPECT, Woods Bagot, and John McAslan and Partners head the list of awarded projects for 2021.

Founded in 2005, these Awards for International Excellence demonstrate how buildings and urban planning projects worldwide stretch the boundaries ofarchitecture, irrespective of style, complexity, and size of both scheme and budget.


“For over 16 years, The Chicago Athenaeum’s global architecture awards champion buildings that change the world,” states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine,” Museum President/CEO of The Chicago Athenaeum.

“The International Awards for Excellence are presented to an ambitious and diverse range of projects from a wide range of established and upcoming architects’ practices. It is particularly important to be considering excellence in architecture at this time—in this fast-changing world, where governments, clients and society need the skills and insight of architects.”

“These global awards show how well-considered, well-delivered and well-performing architecture has the immense potential to improve lives and communities. We are very pleased to be able to celebrate some of the most innovative, ingenious and impactful architecture in the world —designed by some of the most talented architects of our time.”

For 2021, a 400-strong shortlist had been selected from over 800 entries from 46 countries ranging from China and Canada to México, Singapore, and the UAE.

Entries included new housing, offices, transport, health and schools to civic and community, sports, religion, libraries, private homes, culture, and production energy and preservation, recycling, renovation, with entries representing the most beautiful and evocative to the most innovative in contemporary architecture.

The 2021 “Super” Jury for Awards consisting of leading architects, designers, and critics selected the over 130 winning projects:

The 130 plus awarded projects for 2021 include:


Pahl+Weber-Pahl Architekten BDA – ZOB Wiesdorf, Leverkusen, Germany
Safdie Architects – Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Woods Bagot and John McAslan + Partners – Sydney Central Station, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Grimshaw Architects with ASPECT Studios – Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail,Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH – E.ON Ultra-Fast Charging Stations, Berlin, Germany
FR-EE and Foster + Partners – New International Airport México City, México City, DF., México
Ping Jiang | EID Architecture – LAND Community Center, Xi’an, China.


Formwerkz Architects LLP. – Kunming Sales Gallery, Kunming, China
Tzannes – Daramu House, Barangaroo, New South Wales, Australia
MGA | Michael Green Architecture – Catalyst Building, Spokane, Washington, USA
EGA Erik Giudice Architecture – New National Wholesale Market, Nantes, France.


@JSWD Architekten GmbH & Co. KG and Chaix & Morel et Associés – @House of European History, Brussels, Belgium

A49HD – Warehouse 12, Bangkok, Thailand
Henning Larsen Architects – The Biotope, Lille, France
3XN A/S – cube berlin, Berlin, Germany
RAU Architects – Triodos Bank Headquarters, Driebergen-Rijsenburg, The Netherlands
Form4 Architecture – Innovation Curve, Phase 2, Palo Alto, California, USA
Ricardo Yslas Gámez Arquitectos – Anteus Constructora Headquarters, Zapopan, México.



    JSWD Architekten GmbH & Co. KG and Chaix & Morel et Associés – House of European History, Brussels, Belgium
    CCTN Architectural Design Co., Ltd. – Shougang No. 3 Blast-Furnace Museum, Bejing, China
    JKMM Architects – Amos Rex, Helsinki, Finland
    Durbach Block Jaggers and John Wardle Architects – Phoenix Central Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia CCTN Architectural Design Co., Ltd. – Wenling Museum, Wenling, China
    IAPA Pty. Ltd. – OCT West Xianfengdong Cultural Center-Wangzhou and OCAT Xi’an Pavilion, Xi ‘an City, Shaanxi Province, China
    Atelier Alter Architects – Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum, Beijing, China
    Hassell – Geelong Arts Centre, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
    Dominique Coulon & associés – Media Library and Park in Pélissanne, Pélissanne, France
    Praksis Arkitekter – Maltfabrikken, Ebeltoft, Denmark
    Glenn Howells Architects – English National Ballet, London, United Kingdom
    Marvel Architects – TheatreSquared, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
    Alvisi Kirimoto and Harcome – Music Academy of Camerino ‘Franco Corelli’ – Andrea Bocelli Foudation, Camerino (MC), Italy
    Tryba Architects -Buell Public Media Center, Denver, Colorado, USA
    CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati – MEET Digital Culture Center, Milan (MI), Italy
    Pichler & Traupmann Architekten ZT GmbH – Future Art Lab Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria.

@PMA (PolyMorphArchitects) – @Lamborghini Exhibition Center, Zhengzhou, China


gh3* – Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Ross Barney Architects – Lincoln Park Zoo, Searle Visitor Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


PMA (PolyMorphArchitects) – Lamborghini Exhibition Center, Zhengzhou, China
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture – Al Wasl Plaza, Dubai, UAE
Studio Milou Singapore (Pte) Ltd. – Binh Dinh Convention Centre (BDCC), Quy Nhon, Vietnam.


@Berger+Parkkinen Associated Architects – @Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus, Salzburg, Austria

PES-Architects Ltd. – Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Centre (SCAC), Mawei New Town, Fuzhou, China
Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects Inc. – The Senate of Canada Building, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
FXCollaborative – Ministry of Taxes, Baku, Azerbaijan
Richärd Kennedy Architects – United States Consulate General in Matamoros, Matamoros, México.


Berger+Parkkinen Associated Architects – Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus, Salzburg, Austria
3XN A/S – The North Wing, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kaunitz Yeung Architecture – Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service Healthcare Hub, Newman, Western Australia, Australia
KPMB Architects and TreanorHL – CAMH Research Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Henning Larsen Architects – Cockle Bay Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – 55 Hudson Yards, New York, New York, USA
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – 18 Robinson, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Aedas – Shaw Tower Redevelopment, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel – La Bella Vita, Taichung, China
Ping Jiang | EID Architecture – Shimao Riverfront D2b Block, Wuhan, China
Goettsch Partners – 110 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

@SpActrum – @Hotel Nudibranch, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China


Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – Qiantan Center, Shanghai, China
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – Rosewood Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
Takenaka Corporation – Miyashita Park, Tokyo, Japan
CaberlonCaroppi Architetti Associati – DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste, Trieste, Italy
IAPA Pty. Ltd. – ZOINA•Taibai Wushanju, Xi ‘an City, Shaanxi Province, China
K-Studio – Dexamenes, Kourouta, Peloponnese, Greece
Arab Engineering Bureau – Rosewood Hotel & Branded Residences, Lusail, Qatar
SpActrum – Hotel Nudibranch, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China.


Studio Joseph – Manhattan Animal Adoption Center, New York, New York, USA.


Sichuan Langjiu Group Co., Ltd. – The Erlang Liquor Storehouse of Langjiu Estate, Sichuan, China


Adjaye Associates – Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library, Johannesburg, South Africa
Richärd Kennedy Architects – Cruzen-Murray Library, College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho, USA
Richärd Kennedy Architects – Asante Library, Surprise, Arizona, USA.


Form4 Architecture – The Golden Cage, Black Rock City, Nevada, USA
Gómez Platero – World Memorial to the Pandemic: A Space that Pays Tribute to Life and Nature, Montevideo, Uruguay.


    Aedas – Hengqin International Financial Center, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
    Ennead Architects LLP. – China Resources Land MixC Park, Shanghai, China
    Sweeny&Co Architects Inc. – The Bridge, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Mercurio Design Lab srl. – Indonesia 1, Jakarta, Indonesia.

    @Pininfarina SpA – Liora by Pininfarina, Estepona, Spain


@Tchoban Voss Architekten GmbH – @Kurfuerstendamm 68, Berlin, Germany


Mino Caggiula Architects – Atelier Trepp, Origlio, Switzerland
William / Kaven Architecture – Royal, Portland, Oregon, USA
CCY Architects – Meadow House, Aspen, Colorado, USA
K-Studio – Villa Mandra, Mykonos, Greece
Mário Martins Atelier de Arquitetura Lda. – Casa das Freiras, Lagos, Portugal
Swatt | Miers Architects – Mystic Ranch, Fairfield, California, USA
Aidlin Darling Design – Art House, San Francisco, California, USA
Architects 49 Limited – 3-Gen House, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Studio Milou Singapore (Pte) Ltd. – Nassim House, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Coldefy – Residence G, North of France
XTEN Architecture – Skyhouse, Los Angeles, California, USA
FGMF Arquitetos – Cigarra House, Porto Feliz, São Paulo, Brazil
Architects49 Limited – Kelapa House, Phuket, Thailand
Montalba Architects, Inc. – LR2 Residence Pasadena, California, USA
Montalba Architects, Inc. – Venice Beach House, Venice, California, USA
ONG & ONG Pte. Ltd. – 37FC-House, Singapore, Republic of Singapore.


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE – Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene
University, San Diego, California, USA
KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH – Dajamaa El Djazir – Great Mosque of Algiers, Algiers, Algeria
Han Kook Architects, KACI International – The Soul Forest Doseon-sa Temple, Seoul, South Korea
Waugh Thistleton Architects – Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Dellekamp/Schleich – Santuario del Señor de Tula, Jojutla, Morelos, México.


Foster + Partners – Apple Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Mario Mazzer Architects – Snaidero USA New York Flagship Showroom, New York, New York, USA
Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) – Galleria Gwanggyo, Suwon-si, Gyeonggido, China
Aedas – Xiangyang OCT Cultural and Tourism Area Joy Town, Xiangyang, China
Laguarda.Low Architects – Grandberry Park, Tokyo, Japan.

Projectiles – @Public Reception Areas of the @Château de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, France


Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects – Rejuvenation of a Historic Power House, San Francisco, California, USA
Archermit – Bamboo Branch Academy, Yi Bin, China
Mei architects and planners – Fenix I, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
GPY Arquitectos – The New Casa de Los Volcanes Exhibition Space, Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Aidlin Darling Design – Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse, San Francisco, California, USA
Benjai Architecture – Central China Real Estate Zhumadian Sales Centre, Zhumadian, China
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners – 1271 Avenue of the Americas Recladding and Repositioning, New York, New York, USA
Projectiles – Public Reception Areas of the Château de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, France.


LAVA Berlin GmbH – LIFE Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Rafael Viñoly Architects – The Rockefeller University Stavros Niarchos Foundation – David Rockefeller River Campus, New York, New York, USA
Special Projects, School of Design and Environment – School of Design and Environment 1 & 3, Singapore, Republic of Singapore;
The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP. and Lord Aeck Sargent – Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Atlanta, Georgia, USA;
Tonkin Zulaikha Greer – Wenona Athenaeum School, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia;
fasch&fuchs.ZT-GmbH – Federal School Aspern, Vienna, Austria;
fasch&fuchs.ZT-GmbH – Schulcampus Neustift, Tyrol, Austria;
1+1>2 Architects – Da Hop School, Thành ph? Hòa Bình, Vietnam;
MKPL Architects Pte Ltd. – SMU Connexion, Singapore, Republic of Singapore;
Grimshaw Architects – Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
KPMB Architects – Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Richärd Kennedy Architects – Environmental and Natural Resources 2: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Mark Cavagnero Associates – The Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership, Monterey, California, USA.



Behnisch Architekten – adidas World of Sports Arena, Herzogenaurach, Germany
Aedas – International Sports and Culture Exchange Center, Shenzhen, China
Atelier Alter Architects – BIT Sports Center, Beijing, China
Atelier Brückner – City Gate Troisdorf, Troisdorf, Germany
AECOM – Oxygen Park, Education City, Qatar
SpActrum – Shaoxing Chaichangnong Refurbishment and Urban Redevelopment, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China.

@Foster + Partners – @Apple Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Republic of Singapore