International des Critiques d'Architecture
International Committee of Architectural Critics
Comité Internacional de Críticos de Arquitectura
CICA - A short history
The prestigious CICA Book Awards were initiated at the XIV UIA World Congress in Warsaw, 1981. The first major CICA book award was given to Prof Manfredi Nicoletti for his book L’Architettura delle Caverne (Laterza). The CICA prize for journalism was jointly shared between James Marsden Fitch for an AIA Journal article and Kenneth Frampton for an article in L’ Architecture d’Aujourd’hui. The first CICA award for a preface or introduction to an exhibition catalogue went to Arthur Drexler for Transformations (MOMA). Since that time further awards have been made and recipients have included Alan Colquhon, Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, Roger Connah, William Curtis and Heinrich Klotz. Publishers in receipt of awards include MIT Press, Phaidon, Laterza, Oxford etc.
In 2003 the CICA Awards were renamed after the founder members and the CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award was given to David Leatherbarrow and Mohsen Mostafavi for Surface Architecture (MIT). The CICA Pierre Vago Award for Architectural Journalism was given to the Finnish Architectural Review ARK for their special issue ‘100 Years’.
The CICA Julius Posener Award 2003 for an architectural exhibition catalogue text was awarded to Terence Riley and Barry Bergdoll for the catalogue Mies in Berlin (MOMA).
A very special CICA Award commendation was made to the
China Architecture and Building Press and Springer Verlag, Vienna, New
York for the ambitious ten volume series, edited by Kenneth Frampton,
former CICA President, entitled World Architecture: A Critical Mosaic
CICA-meeting at Expo-Sevilla 1988. Joseph Rykwert, President of CICA at the present, with Louise Noelle.
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