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1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, Florida, by Herzog & de Meuron

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Kenneth Frampton, president of the jury for the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), named seven finalists for the award at an event in Santiago, Chile last week. The program, which was announced in March 2013 as part of Dean Wiel Arets’ new curriculum for the school, seeks to honor the best built work in the Americas. Arets launched the prize in collaboration with Phyllis Lambert, Hon. FAIA, and Dirk Denison, FAIA, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, where Lambert serves as founding director.

  • Altamira Residential Building in Rosaria, Argentina, by Rafael Iglesia

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    Altamira Residential Building in Rosaria, Argentina, by Rafael Iglesia
  • Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil, by Álvaro Siza Vieira

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    Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil, by Álvaro Siza Vieira

“These seven built works are creative responses to the challenges of building in the 21st Century here in the Americas,” Arets said in a release. “By highlighting them as MCHAP finalists, we wish to focus the public conversation on the opportunities of the modern metropolis—we seek to create a hub and it is our ambition to create a dialogue, that unites architects working in the Americas, but at the same time opens the discourse with others involved in the discipline around the world."

Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil, by Álvaro Siza Vieira

Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil, by Álvaro Siza Vieira

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Mestizo Restaurant in Santiago, Chile, by Smiljan Radic, who also designed this year's <a title="ARCHITECT Magazine: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Brings the Clouds Down in London" href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/architecture/smiljan-radics-serpentine-gallery-pavilion-brings-the-clouds-down-in-london_o.aspx" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Serpentine Gallery Pavilion</a>.
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Mestizo Restaurant in Santiago, Chile, by Smiljan Radic, who also designed this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

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Jury members for the prize include Frampton and Arets as well as Jorge Francisco Liemer, architect and professor at Torcuato Di Tella University; Dominique Perrault, Hon. FAIA, founding principal of Dominique Perrault Architecture (DPA); and Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice University School of Architecture in Houston. Jury members visited the building sites of the finalist projects.

A shortlist of 36 works for MCHAP was announced in April, narrowing down a field of 225 nominees selected by an international pool of architects and ambassadors from related fields. The winning project will be announced at an MCHAP Conference, which will be held in Chicago on October 22. Chilean practice Pezo von Ellrichshausen received the MCHAP.emerge award—aimed at recognizing work by an emerging practice—for Poli House in May of this year.

Capilla del Retiro in Auco, Los Andes, Chile, by Undurraga Deves Arquitectos

Capilla del Retiro in Auco, Los Andes, Chile, by Undurraga Deves Arquitectos

Credit: Courtesy Cristobal Palma

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Seattle Central Library, in Seattle, by OMA / LMN

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Poli House by firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen, winner of the <a title="IIT's MCHAP.emerge Winner Announced" href="http://arch.iit.edu/life/inaugural-mchapemerge-winner-announced" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">MCHAP.emerge award</a>.
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Poli House by firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen, winner of the MCHAP.emerge award.

Credit: Courtesy Cristobal Palma