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Van Hove Prize


The UPA-BUA organized for the first time in 1982 the Van Hove Prize (named after its Founding President). This prize, dedicated to the founder of the UPA-BUA, is awarded for an graduation architecture project. It is open to students who have completed their studies at the end of the academic year of the award, in a Belgian university faculty awarding the diploma of architect or engineer-architect.

The projects are examined by a jury composed of renowned practicing architects and teachers in European foreign academic institutions on the basis of the following criteria:

  • the ability to answer actual concerns, the added value to the community, the capacity to anticipate future needs
  • the completion of the project and the coherence of its development
  • the quality of the graphic expression
  • the spatial qualities
  • the ability and mastery of formal vocabulary
  • realism and feasibility.

The jury selects a maximum of 20 nominated projects which are exhibited on the walls of the Architects' House and among which it awards the prize and mentions for a total amount of 5.000 € distributed according to its appreciation of the projects. The results of the Van Hove Award are announced on the occasion of a conference and proclamation evening and are published in the professional press.

In addition, all nominees are entitled to a free subscription to the UPA.


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