Enrique Sobejano and Fuensanta Nieto receive the Alvar Aalto Medal in Helsinki on 3 February, 2015. Photo: Juho Haavisto / MFA.
Enrique Sobejano and Fuensanta Nieto receive the Alvar Aalto Medal in Helsinki on 3 February, 2015. Photo: Juho Haavisto / MFA.

Architecture Day 2015: Alvar Aalto Medal to Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano

The Architecture Day, which marks Alvar Aalto’s birthday on 3rd February, was celebrated with an open seminar and the award ceremony of the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal at the Helsinki City Hall yesterday. The Alvar Aalto Medal, now presented for the 12th time, was awarded to the Spanish architect duo Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano.

The work of Nieto and Sobejano demonstrates how an architect’s cultural background can inspire architecture of outstanding quality and expressive power. Nieto and Sobejano’s work has a primal energy ranking it among the world’s most compelling statements and groundbreaking achievements in architecture.
— The Jury of the 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal: architect Simo Freese (Finland), architect Wessel de Jonge (Holland), architect Rainer Mahlamäki (Finland) and architect Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen (Denmark).

Nieto Sobajeno Arquitectos, Expansion of the San Telmo Museum. Photo by Roland Halbe.

Nieto Sobajeno Arquitectos, Expansion of the San Telmo Museum. Photo by Roland Halbe.

The 12th Alvar Aalto Medal recipients Enrique Sobejano and Fuensanta Nieto. Photo: Juho Haavisto / MFA.

Alvar Aalto Medal festivities took place at the Helsinki City Hall. Photo: Juho Haavisto / MFA.

Alvar Aalto Medal festivities took place at the Helsinki City Hall. Photo: Juho Haavisto / MFA.

The medal is conferred by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, the Architectural Society, the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the City of Helsinki. More information about the history and purpose of Alvar Aalto medal is available from the Museum of Finnish Architecture press release.

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