Rafael Manzano Award is presented today in Madrid to Portuguese architects

The Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture, worth 50,000 euros, which distinguished the work of Portuguese architects Alberto Castro Nunes and António Maria Braga, will be presented today in Madrid.

Considered the largest architecture award on the Iberian Peninsula, it is organized by the International Network for Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU).

Portuguese architects Alberto Castro Nunes and Antonio Maria Braga were awarded “for their strong commitment to preserving Portuguese architectural traditions,” the organization announced a week ago.

Among the works of the winners are the Vila Nova de Foz Coa Peace Judges, the Odrinhas Archaeological Museum in Sintra, next to the Roman ruins excavated around the São Miguel Chapel, the Odrinhas School of Arts and Crafts and the headquarters. Cinemateca Portuguesa, in Lisbon, among others.

Strong critics of the use of concrete in construction, the two Portuguese architects argue that “traditional materials and techniques are a positive response to the current climate climatic emergency.”

The Rafael Manzano Prize is organized by the Prince of Wales Foundation’s INTBAU network and was created by the American philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus, who has a special admiration for the architecture of the Iberian Peninsula.

It was created in Spain in 2012, and in 2017 it was established in Portugal through a partnership with the Serra Henriques Foundation, under the High Sponsorship of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

At the same time, The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust has created a contest to support the restoration of heritage in small towns and an award to give visibility to masters and crafts of traditional construction.

These initiatives already total donations in the order of two million euros, according to the organization.

Today the prize will be presented to the winners at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, Spain.

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