The International Union of Architects (UIA), the organisers of the competition, announced competitors from Italy, Japan and Iran as winners of the top three places in its 2016 edition. The competition is one of the most successful talent contests for young and budding architects and designers in the world.
The third place was shared by Somayeh Ravanshad, PhD in Architecture from Tehran Azad University, Iran, and Magdalena Trobinger from Italy.
The three winners were selected by a jury of 55 top architects from 6 continents.
Giacomo Garziano from University of Florence in Italy bagged the first place. He is the founder of GG-loop, an architecture office, established in 2014 in Amsterdam. Daiki Watanabe from Musashino Art University (MAU) in Japan won the second place for his designs of a station, a department and a museum.
The UIA is a non-governmental organisation, a global federation of national associations of architects that are its members. From the 27 delegations present at its founding assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, the UIA has grown to encompass key professional organisations of architects in 124 countries and now represents close to 1.3 million architects worldwide.