2014 Seaside Prize winner announced. Congratulations to KK’s “intellectual father” Rob Krier

With a great pleasure KK Architects congratulate Rob Krier, the firm’s “intellecutal father”, on this appreciation for his contributions to Urbanism.

The Seaside Prize is awarded annually to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities. The recipients of the Prize have had a major influence on how our towns and cities can best be built and rebuilt to reflect and promote diversity, walkability, beauty, and sustainability. Seaside Prize recipients are considered the leaders of contemporary urban development and education.

As Seaside Institute Fellow Dan Solomon recently stated about Krier:

For over forty years, Rob’s drawings, his writing and thinking, and his superb body of built work have been a shining beacon for all of us who consider ourselves urbanists.

There is no one – no one in history and certainly now living – who can draw urban space with the poetry and majesty of Rob’s drawings. His built work is in Europe – Berlin, Luxembourg, and his superb recent new towns in Holland – but his influence is international and his impact on American urbanism is profound.

Krier is a former professor of architecture at Vienna University of Technology, Austria. From 1993 to mid-2010 he has worked in partnership with architect Christoph Kohl in a joint office based in Berlin, Germany. He is the older brother of fellow architect Léon Krier.

Krier studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich from 1959 to 1964. After graduating, he worked with Oswald Mathias Ungers in Cologne and Berlin (1965–66) and Frei Otto in Berlin and Stuttgart (1967–70). From 1973 to 1975, he was an assistant in the school of architecture at the University of Stuttgart. In 1975, he was guest professor at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. From 1976 to 1998, he was professor of architecture at Vienna University of Technology. In addition, in 1996, he was a guest professor at Yale University.

From 1976 to 1994, Krier had his own architect’s office in Vienna. From 1992 until 2004, he ran a joint office with Nicolas Lebunetel in Montpellier, France. In 1993, he founded a joint office with Christoph Kohl in Berlin most recently incorporated as “Krier ∙ Kohl Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH”.

Krier first came into international attention with his 1975 book “Stadtraum in Theorie und Praxis” which has been translated into English under the title „Urban Space“ in 1979 and reprinted as “Stadtraum/Urban Space” in 2005.

The ceremony will take place as part of the Seaside Prize weekend events, which will be held on the last weekend in January in Seaside, FL.

For more information:
The Seaside Institute News: Architect Rob Krier Awarded the Seaside Prize, October 23, 2013.

Diane Dorney: 2014 Seaside Prize Winner Announced. Architect Rob Krier recognized for contributions to Urbanism. The Seaside Times, January-February 2014. [p. 17]