ULI Germany Leadership Awards 2021
Caspar Schmitz-Morkramer honors David Chipperfield for his life’s work

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has presented David Chipperfield with the Leadership Award in the “Life’s Work” category. At the award ceremony held at the Berlin Wintergarten Varieté on November 18, Caspar Schmitz-Morkramer paid tribute to David Chipperfield and presented him with the distinguished award.

Sir David Chipperfield, born in London and raised on a farm in the county of Devon, is one of the world’s most well-known and distinguished architects and has a special relationship with Germany: „Over a period of decades, David Chipperfield’s work for the Neues Museum and James Simon Gallery on Berlin’s Museum Island, the Folkwang Museum in Essen, and the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, as well as the his contribution to the refurbishment of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, have earned him a reputation as one of the leading architects for important art and cultural buildings,“ said Caspar Schmitz-Morkramer in support of the jury’s decision.

Chipperfield is able to establish a bridge between old and new in a very unique way – mainly through a reduction to the essentials, with a close eye on the environment and natural light. The result is classic creations of both tremendous clarity and timeless elegance. In his acceptance speech, Chipperfield stressed the shared responsibility of all stakeholders for the sustainable quality of life in our cities: „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 honored 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.“

We’d also like to congratulate Prof. Dr. Werner Sobek, with whom we have successfully collaborated for many years, for his Leadership Award in the “Innovation” category. And, finally, congratulations to Sarah Dungs (Young Leader), the Alliance for Housing in Hamburg (Urban Planning/Administration), and Dr. Patrick Adenauer (Real Estate Sector), who were also recipients of Leadership Awards.

This is the 17th time that the Urban Land Institute has honored outstanding people for their distinctive foresight, strong sense of responsibility, entrepreneurial thinking and actions, and consistent commitment to preserving the quality of life in our cities.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a global, member-directed research and educational organization with over 45,000 members who are dedicated to discussing issues related to the sustainable development and use of cities and all topics relating to the real estate sector. The goal of the ULI is to draw attention and awareness to fascinating individuals and their achievements in five different categories: Young Leader, Innovation, Urban Planning/Administration, Real Estate Sector, and Life’s Work.

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