RCR Arquitectes is an architectural team founded in 1987 by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta in the Catalan town Olot. Its founders still live and work there today and their architecture is closely connected with the local context where they have realised many of their projects. Their cooperation with Oris lasts for 15 years and they were the guests of Oris back in 2004 when they spoke at Days of Oris 4. Their poetics, present in their earliest works, has developed continuously and consistently over the years and they have earned numerous recognitions and awards. They are returning to Zagreb as the recipients of the most prestigious world architecture award, the Pritzker prize, which was awarded to them in May this year.( www.rcrarquitectes.es/ )
OFIS arhitekti (Slovenia)
Walter Angonese was born in Kaltern in South Tyrol in 1961. He studied architecture in Venice. His projects reflect his innovative and individual approach. He is known for radical reconstructions and interventions into historical buildings, like the conversion of the Tirol Castle into a historical museum and the reconstruction of the Kufstein Fortress. He is also known for the project for the Manincor winery in Kaltern and the residential villa and exhibition area of Casa Dalle Nogare in Bolzano. He received the Italian award for architecture and exhibited at the Triennale de Milano. Since 2007 he teaches at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio.
Davor Mateković (Croatia)
Davor Mateković was born in 1962 in Zagreb. In 1992 he founded the Proarh architectural office, which has realised numerous projects of different scale, type or function. His work greatly influenced the image of contemporary Zagreb and his sensibility to the context is especially emphasized in the projects such as Zagorje cottage Hiža in Kumrovec, Issa Grotto Hill House on the Island of Vis and the Stone house in Lukovo Šugarje, for which Mateković received the 2017 Drago Galić award for residential architecture given by the Croatian Architects’ Association. Mateković also exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and won the award of the World festival of architecture, where he also participated as a member of the jury.
Go Hasegawa is one of the most interesting young Japanese architects. He was born in 1977 in Saitama, Japan. In 2005 he founded Go Hasegawa and Associates. He designed a lot of family houses, for which he won many awards, such as the 2008 Schinkechiku award for House in Sakuradai and the 2014 AR Design Vanguard award. He is currently a visiting professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.( ghaa.co.jp/ )
Vedran Mimica is a professor of architecture and spatial planning at the IIT College of Architecture Chicago. He was born in Zagreb in 1954. On the invitation of Herman Hertzberger, he joined the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam in 1991 and he was the last dean of the Institute from 2007 to 2012. He has taught at numerous schools of architecture, including the Architectural Association, ETH, Sorbonne, Columbia University, MIT, UCLA and the Catholic University of Chile, Santiago. He participated in the publication of several crucial books of contemporary Croatian architecture (Randic&Turato, The Architecture of Transition, Croatian Archipelago New Lighthouses, Contemporary Croatian Architecture: Testing Reality). From 2003 to 2012 he was an independent expert for the Mies van der Rohe Award of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. In 2013, with Wiel Arets, he launched the MCHAP (Mies Crawn Hall Americas Prize) as the American equivalent of the European award. He publishes texts in Croatian and international papers as a critic and architectural curator.
Architectural office architecten de vylder vinck taillieu was founded in 2010 by Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck and Jo Taillieu. They soon became known for their specific architectural language, critical approach and an unconventional reflection of the interventions into the built environment. Their works were presented at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010, 2012 and 2016, and at the Chicago Biennale of Architecture in 2015. They were nominated for the 2014 Mies van der Rohe award for the project of HeL Production Studio and participated in the famous BUS:STOP Krumbach project in 2014.
Oris Roca Award