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Architectural Design Competition

New NATO Headquarters


In first place,a prize of € 200,000 went to the winning firm SOM + Assar Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Inc. (UK,US,Belgian consortium).

In second place, a prize of € 150,000 went to AAG-INT2-SHCA Swanke Hayden Connell International Ltd. (UK,Belgian,Italian consortium)


In third place, a prize of € 100,000 went to Koetter, Kim (New NATO HQ) Association (UK,US consortium).

The North Atlantic Council announced on 23 January 2003, the results of the International Architectural Design Competition for the new NATO Headquarters and awarded a prize of € 200,000 to the winning firm SOM + Assar - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Inc. This is a multinational consortium led by SOM, an international company based in London, New-York & Chicago, together with a Belgian associate, Assar.

The second prize of € 150.000 went to the firm AAG-INT2-SHCA Swanke Hayden Connell International Ltd., and the third prize of € 100,000 was awarded to the firm Koetter, Kim Association, both multinational consortia based in London.

The decision concludes the Competition that was launched in January 2001. The International Design Competition was conducted under the auspices of the Paris-based International Union of Architects (IUA), which has long experience in organising similar design competitions, under rules first adopted by UNESCO in 1956. By following IUA guidelines, NATO has ensured the Competition was fair and underpinned by robust procedures. The North Atlantic Council’s decision was based upon the recommendation of an International Jury of internationally renowned architects, recommended by the IUA, together with senior NATO officials, under the Chairmanship of the Dean of the North Atlantic Council, Ambassador David Wright, Canada.

In addition, technical experts from NATO’s International Staff and the host nation supported the Jury’s work. Aries Partnership International prepared the technical documentation.

International Jury Panel:

Ambassador David Wright, Canada Dean Of The North Atlantic Council

Ambassador Alessandro Minuto Rizzo Deputy Secretary General, Nato

Mr. Paul Chemetov, Architect France
Mr. Jean Fournet, Assistant Secretary General For Scientific And Environmental Affairs, NATO
Mr. Meinhard Von Gerkan, Architect Germany
Mr. Fumihiko Maki, Architect Japan
Mrs. Patricia Patkau, Architect Canada
Mr. Pierre Sauveur, Architect Belgium
Mr. Rafael Vinoly, Architect United States

Mr. Miroslav Masak, Architect Czech Republic

Graphics: SOM+Assar