The winners of the Wivina Demeester Prize for Excellence in Project Management 2016 were announced last month at the Atelier Bouwmeester, Brussels.
The award was presented to the town of Diksmuide for the renovation of the town hall and tourist office (by ONO architecture & Callebout architects), the Province of West Flanders for the Zwin Nature Park (by COUSSÉE & GORIS architects / Gafpa) and the municipality of Avelgem for the artistic transformation of the church in Bossuit (by Ellen Harvey, Sileghem & Partners). All three projects demonstrate the exemplary way in which public-sector clients can deal with complex processes, and how a clear vision goes hand in hand with design creativity.
The Wivina Demeester Prize for Excellence in Project Management
The Wivina Demeester Prize for Excellence in Project Management recognises public and semi-public clients who, through their approach and sense of renewal, demonstrate their commitment to quality. The prize, formerly the ‘Client Award’ and ‘Flemish Government Architect Award’, was presented for the ninth time. Via this prize, the Flemish Government Architect aims to encourage an ambitious governmental policy for urban and architectural quality and to draw attention to the exemplary processes followed by clients.
Submissions for the Wivina Demeester Prize for Excellence in Project Management 2016 could be made in the following categories: ‘Masterplan’, ‘Architecture’ and ‘Art Commission’. An expert jury composed of Oana Bogdan (BOGDAN & VAN BROECK), Thérèse Legierse (De Nieuwe Opdrachtgevers; president of the jury), Marc Martens (office for architecture & planning) and Philippe Van Wesenbeeck (City of Ghent) assessed twenty-three entries. Aspects under consideration included the formulation of the commission, the progression of the processes involved and the end results. The jury compiled a short list, visited the projects as a group and identified three prize-winners. The nominees receive a study trip to Copenhagen, which will be offered in the autumn of 2017.