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David Chipperfield has been honored with the ABB LEAF Award for Lifetime Achievement at a ceremony in Frankfurt-am-Main. The award is given annually to an architect ‘who has made an outstanding, lasting contribution to his/her field, transforming the way we discuss and process our built environment’. He was presented the award by Peter Cachola Schmal, director of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt.

In his acceptance speech David spoke about the need for architects to engage in societal issues, arguing that their skills mean that they are uniquely placed to understand the complex relationship between the physical and the social.

Established in 2001, LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) is an international architecture symposium, that each year addresses key themes affecting the industry. The first LEAF Awards were handed out in 2004.

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