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David Chipperfield has received the Urban Land Institute Germany’s Lifetime Award at a ceremony held at the Wintergarten Varieté, Berlin. Established in 2005, the awards recognise individuals ‘for their distinctive foresight, strong sense of responsibility, entrepreneurial thinking and action, as well as their consistent commitment to preserving the quality of life in our cities’. In his laudatory speech, Caspar Schmitz-Morkramer paid particular tribute to the practice’s work in Germany over the last 20 years and the mediation between old and new fabric.

In response to receiving the award, David Chipperfield stated: ‘As our cities continuously evolve, we must rely on greater cross-disciplinary collaboration, research and participation to develop towards a more sustainable and equitable future. With this in mind, I am particularly honoured to receive this recognition from the Urban Land Institute Germany on behalf of my practice. Through our projects we have sought to embrace the complexities of the urban environment, rooted in a belief that a meaningful architectural contribution must embed itself within a wider physical, social and cultural context.’

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