The theme of the Prix de Rome Architecture 2022 is Healing Sites. At a time when labour inequality and climate issues have resulted in a demand for change, this edition of the Prix de Rome Architecture calls to rethink and redesign spatial practices. Architecture has been complicit in establishing the ecocidal legacies of capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism. How can architects, urbanists, and landscape architects reflect upon and rearticulate their working methods in order to undo these legacies?
The international professional jury of the Prix de Rome (Carson Chan, Alessandra Covini, Afaina de Jong, Jan Jongert, and Dirk Sijmons, chaired by Syb Groeneveld) has selected four nominees out of 53 anonymous entries for the shortlist of the Prix de Rome Architecture 2022. The nominees are Arna Mačkić, Dividual (Andrea Bit and Maciej Wieczorkowski), Lesia Topolnyk, and Studio KIWI (Kim Kool and Willemijn van Manen). For this publication the architects were interviewed by authors Marieke Berkers and Mark Minkjan. Ola Hassanain, who leads a critical spatial practice as a visual artist and trained architect, wrote the keynote essay.
The Prix de Rome is the oldest prize in the Netherlands for architects younger than 35. This year the prize is organized by the Mondriaan Fund in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL and Het Nieuwe Instituut, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.