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The European Centre for Architecture Art, Design and Urban Studies, together with The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design recently released the names of this year’s top 40 European architects under 40 and local architect Chris Briffa, selected for the interiors of Tigné Point’s new Piazza Apartment phase was one of the winners of these prestigious awards.

The 40 under 40 award highlights the architects, landscape architects, and planners that will shape the future of design.

Forty architects and landscape architects and industrial designers were selected this year by a jury of architecture and design practitioners from The European Centre’s International Advisory Committee composed of some of Europe and the United States’ most prestigious architecture and industrial design offices. Geographically, the selected young recipients for the 2012 “Europe 40 Under 40®” hail from across 16 European nations : Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, and, Spain—the best of the young best of Europe.

“This year’s awarded Europe 40 Under 40,” states Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President, The Chicago Athenaeum, “are some of the brightest and most progressive architects and designers ever selected in this program over the years. Their work is highly innovative, densely imaginative, and full of a new spirit that characterizes European design today.”

The “Europe 40 Under 40” program was initiated by The European Center as an annual program to spotlight and identify the next generation of architects and designers who will impact future living and working environments, cities, and rural areas.

“The jury selection and process was extremely difficult,” states Ioannis Karlias,

Museum Vice President, The Chicago Athenaeum. “The jury was presented with hundreds of excellent projects and designs from skyscrapers and large —scale urban planning projects to the highest quality industrial designs for commercial and consumer use. It was difficult to narrow the number down to just 40.“

The program is organized by Kieran Conlon, Director/COO, The European Centre and Lary L. Sommers, Director of Administration/Marketing, The Chicago Athenaeum. “The idea that this program in its first year honors architects and designers from 15

European nations attests to the meaning, strength, and validity of design in Europe today,” states Kieran Conlon, Director/COO, The European Center.

“The key,” Mr. Conlon continues, “is to bring wider recognition to 40 of the most promising emerging architects working in the European Union and other countries inside Europe, fostering and encouraging new talent and new creative thinking at the forefront of the profession today.”

Winners List:

Chris Briffa Architects: [email protected]

European Centre for Architecture Art, Design, and Urban Studies: