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PIRAN DAYS OF ARCHITECTURE

Piran Days of Architecture (PDA) is an international architectural conference with one of the oldest/longest traditions in the world. Initiated by Slovene architect prof. Vojteh Ravnikar (1943–2010) it has taken place annually since 1983 at the end of November in the charming, medieval Slovene coastal town of Piran. The event is held in the beautiful surroundings of Tartini Theatre. Since 2008 it is run by younger generation of architects. 

The aim of the conference is to asses current trends in architecture and present the most progressive and innovative ideas of contemporary architectural and spatial production which respect geographical and cultural context to keep cultural identity and divesity.

Many world renowned architects have lectured at the conference: Friedrich Achleitner, Boris Podrecca, Heinz Tesar, Luigi Semerani, Gino Valle, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Alvaro Siza Vieira, Peter Zumthor, Enrique Miralles, Sverre Fehn, Kenneth Frampton, David Chipperfield, Wang Shu, Bijoy Jain among others. Several of them were latter recipients of prestigious international architectural awards such as Pritzker Prize, Mies van der Rohe Award, Venice Architectural Biennale Lion.

PDA conference is traditionally accompanied by several architectural events. The most important is the international exhibition for the prestigious Piranesi Award.

Piran Days of Architecture (PDA) is an international architectural conference with one of the oldest/longest traditions in the world. Initiated by Slovene architect prof. Vojteh Ravnikar (1943–2010) it has taken place annually since 1983 at the end of November in the charming, medieval Slovene coastal town of Piran. The event is held in the beautiful surroundings of Tartini Theatre. Since 2008 it is run by younger generation of architects. 

The aim of the conference is to asses current trends in architecture and present the most progressive and innovative ideas of contemporary architectural and spatial production which respect geographical and cultural context to keep cultural identity and divesity.

Many world renowned architects have lectured at the conference: Friedrich Achleitner, Boris Podrecca, Heinz Tesar, Luigi Semerani, Gino Valle, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Alvaro Siza Vieira, Peter Zumthor, Enrique Miralles, Sverre Fehn, Kenneth Frampton, David Chipperfield, Wang Shu, Bijoy Jain among others. Several of them were latter recipients of prestigious international architectural awards such as Pritzker Prize, Mies van der Rohe Award, Venice Architectural Biennale Lion.

PDA conference is traditionally accompanied by several architectural events. The most important is the international exhibition for the prestigious Piranesi Award.

PIRAN DAYS OF ARCHITECTURE

PIRANESI AWARD

International architectural Piranesi Award, conferred since 1989, is part of Piran Days of Architecture international conference. It is named after the 18th century Italian artist and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), whose family comes from Piran, It awards the best architectural realizations that have been created in the last two years in the territory of ten Central European countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. In 2018, Piranesi Award was joined by Serbia and in 2019 by Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The projects presented at the Piranesi exhibition, are selected and nominated at the end of October by the national selectors of the abovementioned countries. Each selector can propose five projects.

Part of the exhibition for Piranesi Award is also an international student exhibition, at which seventeen architectural faculties - Graz, Spittal, Vienna, Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Split, Zagreb, Thessaloniki, Budapest, Pescara, Trieste, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Maribor, Belgrade, Novi Sad and AA London - present two projects according to the selection of student selectors.

For Piranesi Award compete 50 architectural realizations and 34 student projects. The distinguished Piranesi Award, two Piranesi Honorable Mentions and one Piranesi Student's Honorable Mention are selected by an international jury consisting of annual PDA conferencing lecturers and conferred by the honorary sponsor of the PDA Conference.

In 1989, Bogdan Bogdanovic received the first Piranesi award for the Dudik Memorial Park in Vukovar, Croatia. Since then, Piranesi has been awarded various projects of different sizes and programs, but the focus of the award remains on the relationship of contemporary architecture to the natural and cultural context.

International architectural Piranesi Award, conferred since 1989, is part of Piran Days of Architecture international conference. It is named after the 18th century Italian artist and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), whose family comes from Piran, It awards the best architectural realizations that have been created in the last two years in the territory of ten Central European countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. In 2018, Piranesi Award was joined by Serbia and in 2019 by Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The projects presented at the Piranesi exhibition, are selected and nominated at the end of October by the national selectors of the abovementioned countries. Each selector can propose five projects.

Part of the exhibition for Piranesi Award is also an international student exhibition, at which seventeen architectural faculties - Graz, Spittal, Vienna, Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Split, Zagreb, Thessaloniki, Budapest, Pescara, Trieste, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Maribor, Belgrade, Novi Sad and AA London - present two projects according to the selection of student selectors.

For Piranesi Award compete 50 architectural realizations and 34 student projects. The distinguished Piranesi Award, two Piranesi Honorable Mentions and one Piranesi Student's Honorable Mention are selected by an international jury consisting of annual PDA conferencing lecturers and conferred by the honorary sponsor of the PDA Conference.

In 1989, Bogdan Bogdanovic received the first Piranesi award for the Dudik Memorial Park in Vukovar, Croatia. Since then, Piranesi has been awarded various projects of different sizes and programs, but the focus of the award remains on the relationship of contemporary architecture to the natural and cultural context.

PIRANESI AWARD

PDA FOUNDERS

  • Vojteh Ravnikar (1943–2010), pobudnik in predsednik PDA 1983–2007
  • Anton Biloslav (1946–2013), ravnatelj Obalnih galerij Piran 1975–2012
  • Matjaž Garzarolli (1948–2018)
  • Sonja Ana Hoyer
  • Ranko Novak
  • Boris Podrecca
  • Luciano Semerani
  • Vojteh Ravnikar (1943–2010), pobudnik in predsednik PDA 1983–2007
  • Anton Biloslav (1946–2013), ravnatelj Obalnih galerij Piran 1975–2012
  • Matjaž Garzarolli (1948–2018)
  • Sonja Ana Hoyer
  • Ranko Novak
  • Boris Podrecca
  • Luciano Semerani

PDA FOUNDERS

PDA BOARD OF HONOR

  • Đenio Zadković, mayor of Piran Municipality
  • Matej Blenkuš
  • Ramon Bosch
  • Peter Gabrijelčič
  • Sonja Ana Hoyer
  • Andrej Hrausky
  • Jurij Kobe
  • Janez Koželj
  • Tomaž Krištof
  • Ranko Novak
  • Boris Podrecca
  • Črtomir Remec
  • Luciano Semerani
  • Branko Silađin
  • Metka Sitar
  • Marjan Vrabec
  • Giovanni Vragnaz
  • Đenio Zadković, mayor of Piran Municipality
  • Matej Blenkuš
  • Ramon Bosch
  • Peter Gabrijelčič
  • Sonja Ana Hoyer
  • Andrej Hrausky
  • Jurij Kobe
  • Janez Koželj
  • Tomaž Krištof
  • Ranko Novak
  • Boris Podrecca
  • Črtomir Remec
  • Luciano Semerani
  • Branko Silađin
  • Metka Sitar
  • Marjan Vrabec
  • Giovanni Vragnaz

PDA BOARD OF HONOR

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