Cass academic and head of ARU awarded Akademie der Künste Berlin Art Prize 2013.
Date: 18 March 2013
Professor Florian Beigel of the Architecture Research Unit (ARU) at The Cass School of Architecture has been selected to receive the Grand Berlin Art Prize 2013.
The Academy of Arts on behalf of the State Berlin awards the annual prize, worth 15,000 euros each year rotating the prize amongst six categories. The awards ceremony will be on the 18th of March at the Academy of Arts presented by the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and the President of the Academy of Arts, Klaus Staeck.
Florian Beigel has been selected to receive the Grand Arts Award by members of the jury of the Academy, Francine Houben, Matthias Sauerbruch and Axel Sowa to honour him not only as an excellent architect, but above all as an outstanding and passionate professor.
Florian Beigel was born in 1941 in Konstanz, Germany and he studied architecture in Stuttgart and London. He has lived and worked in London as a practising architect and as and design teacher since 1970. In 1980 he founded the "Architecture Research Unit" (ARU) at the (now) London Metropolitan University. The special feature of the ARU is the combination of practice and teaching. Beigel has successfully worked from this research studio at the university to realize extraordinary building projects including the "Half Moon Theatre" and "Bishopsfield Housing”, both in London and in the vicinity Seoul, Korea the "Paju Book City" and "Youl Hwa Dang Publishing House".