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Hélène Binet wins Ada Louise Huxtable Prize 2019

Architectural photographer Hélène Binet has been awarded the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize 2019 by The Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal.

The award recognises women working in the wider industry who have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment.

In a career spanning nearly 30 years, the London-based Swiss-French photographer has worked with architects including ZHA and Peter Zumthor.

Binet began her relationship with ZHA in 1993 photographing the practice’s first completed building, the Vitra Fire Station and has continued to the present day with powerful images of the firm’s most renowned projects.

Architects Journal’s editor Emily Booth said: ‘For nearly three decades, Hélène Binet’s photography has influenced and shaped how we understand architecture. ‘Her keen eye, sensitivity to form and ability to capture the spirit and materiality of a building have contributed so much to the culture of architecture and I am delighted she has won this year’s Ada Louise Huxtable Prize.’

Binet’s photography has been exhibited across the world and is included in the permanent collection of New York’s The Museum of Modern Art.

In 2015, Binet won the Excellence in Photography award from the Julius Shulman Institute while her contribution to architecture was recognised in 2007 when the RIBA made her an honorary fellow.

The Ada Louise Huxtable Prize, named after the New York Times’ first full-time architecture critic, is open to critics, politicians, clients and planners, or anyone influencing architectural culture. Last year, Dutch artist Madelon Vriesendorp was awarded the prize in recognition of her collaboration with architects throughout her career. Other past winners include British sculptor Rachel Whiteread (2017) former director of the Serpentine Galleries Julia Peyton-Jones (2016) and architectural patron Jane Priestman in 2015.

Photo: Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg under construction, 2003

Architects’ Journal