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Another great success for architecture students at the University of Liechtenstein

For the second time in a row – and this time with two prizes – architecture students from the University of Liechtenstein were rewarded for their innovative, ground-breaking projects at the Schindler Global Award ceremony 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Schindler Global Award, a student competition organised by Schindler, is the most important of its kind worldwide and carries the highest prize money. The prizes amount to over 100,000 euros. The students of the Master's degree programme in architecture worked on new ideas and concepts for the development of a new district in São Paulo, Brazil under the supervision of Professor Peter Staub and Georgia Papathanasiou. The main focus was on future-oriented solutions and visions for the conversion of the existing wholesale market building, and new residential and mobility concepts to improve the quality of life.

International participants

Over 150 projects were submitted by prestigious universities from around the world. A distinguished jury including Professor Hubert Klumpner from ETH Zurich, Professor Paula Viganò from ETH Lausanne and the University of Venice, Professor Georgeen Theodore from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and representatives of the São Paulo regional and city planning department and the Schindler Group nominated 12 projects for prizes.

Beatriz Sippach Vasconcellos was awarded USD 5,000 for her work “São Paulo Walled”, which she produced as part of her Masters dissertation. The project was praised by the jury for being “brilliant”, “moving” and “an original interpretation of existing conditions”. At the awards ceremony with over 400 guests, the students Sheung Chi Ho, Oleksandra Telenkova and Sultan Al Zadjali also received USD 5,000 for their study project “Entrepreneurial Regeneration”. The jury’s report praised in particular their focus on the economic aspects of urban development as well as their “admirable" drawings.

Confirmation of highest quality

Following the awards received in 2015, this is the second time that students from the University of Liechtenstein have been successful in this, the world’s most important student competition. “Winning once is wonderful, but winning a second time, and then with two awards, is not just a great one honour and accolade for us, but also confirmation that we are one of the best universities in the world in the field of architecture and planning. The University of Liechtenstein and thus the country of Liechtenstein will in this way receive worldwide attention and esteem”, said Professor Peter Staub.