April-December 2015


General information

In collaboration with MiBACT, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Cultural Activities and Tourism, and with MADE expo, La Triennale di Milano announces the fifth edition of the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture. The event is held every three years to promote, and to reflect on, the latest, most interesting works built in the country, and on those who have made these works possible.

The Gold Medal for Italian Architecture aims to promote contemporary architecture as a means for improving the quality of the environment and civil life, while also looking to architecture as the outcome of dynamic interaction between architects, clients and companies.

The Gold Medal for Italian Architecture offers an active reflection on the role of architects and on their works, with the aim of introducing the public in Italy and abroad to a new heritage of buildings and ideas. It also provides a periodical overview of the state of architectural production in Italy, illustrating its problems, trends and new exponents.




The Prize consists of the following categories:

Gold Medal for Best Work, for the quality of the design, the environmental intelligence and setting, and the construction and capacity for technological innovation. All the works selected by the jury for the various sections indicated below compete for the Gold Medal.

Special First Work Award. The award, which is given to the best first work by an architect under the age of 40, aims to give due prominence to a new generation working in Italy and abroad.

Special Award for Clients. This award focuses on the key role played by public and private clients in the construction of an architectural work and in creating a different quality in both physical and social space.

Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement, for those Italian architects whose work constitutes a benchmark at the national level, while also obtaining recognition from the international world of architecture.

There are also six Honourable Mentions for as many sections of built architecture:

1.     New Buildings: this section includes new buildings made for public or private use in urban, suburban and rural areas (homes, schools, sports facilities, town halls, museums, healthcare centres, offices, retail spaces, industrial complexes, leisure facilities, places of worship, etc.).

2.     Scenic and urban spaces: completed projects for parks, gardens, squares, and environmental redevelopment zones in urban, suburban and rural areas;

3.     Infrastructure: completed projects for roads, bridges, tunnels, canals, Metro lines and stations, railway lines and stations, airports, ports, network infrastructure for energy, utilities and waste (e.g. oil and gas pipelines, power lines, aqueducts, sewers), etc.

4.     Conversion and Restoration: completed building conversion projects for large areas, neighbourhoods and individual buildings; completed restoration and rehabilitation projects for historic and modern buildings;

5.     Installations: completed projects for the temporary promotion of urban spaces, infrastructure, green spaces, and artistic, commercial and museum exhibitions;

6.     Interiors: completed projects for the definitive arrangement of new or existing interiors, whether public or private, for housing, trade, industry, museums, etc.



The awards and mentions will be assigned to architectural works designed by Italian professionals (architects or engineers), and made in Italy or abroad between 2012 and 2014.


The Gold Medals, the Special Awards and the Honourable Mentions will be assigned by a six-person international jury. The Jury will decide on the list of finalist projects, from which the winners of the Gold Medal, of the individual Special Awards and of the Honourable Mentions will be chosen by majority vote. The Jury's decision will be made public in a press conference and official proclamation ceremony, which will be followed by the exhibition and publication of the finalist projects.


Procedures to be followed by candidates for the awards:


Selection criteria

There are three criteria for the collection of applications, all of which will be submitted to the Jury, with no preliminary selection.

1.     Nominations by advisers: works for the categories indicated, as submitted by advisers (architects, magazine editors, directors of architecture institutions, and critics) invited by La Triennale di Milano.

2.    Self-nomination: any designer (architect or engineer) may submit their own work, in accordance with the instructions provided on the website of La Triennale di Milano – Gold Medal 2015 (

3.    Nomination by recognised associations, institutions and foundations.


Required documentation

Candidacies for the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture must be handed in between 24 April and 15 June 2015, in accordance with the instructions indicated below, depending on the type of nomination.


Nominations by advisers

Each adviser may indicate up to a maximum of 5 preferences, each on its own form, which must be sent by e-mail to the competition secretary. The applications must include: author, title and date of the project, a contact for the designer of the work, and the name of the adviser who submits the project, together with his or her reasons. Applications must be received no later than 15 May 2015.




Designers wishing to submit their own work need to provide La Triennale di Milano with documentation (drafted in accordance with the instructions) of works made in Italy between 2012 and 2014 relative to the sections indicated above.

The special registration form on the website is to be filled in and uploaded between 24 April and 15 June 2015.

The document must include:

1. General information about the work and the designers (individual architect, team of architect, studio);

2. Drawings of the project (ground plans, cross-sections and elevations);

3. Images, in black and white or colour, of the entire project, including interiors, exteriors, details and, if applicable, pictures of models of the work being submitted. All images must be provided free from copyright;

4. A descriptive text to explain the reasons for submission and the technical and aesthetic choices involved in the work being submitted (max. 1.500 characters)

This documentation must be submitted in a PDF document of 10 pages and 10 MB maximum, at which it must be attached a curriculum vitae of the designers of the work being submitted (max. 1.500 characters).

No documents transmitted in other forms will be admitted to the awards.


The aforementioned documents must be uploaded onto the website no later than 15 June 2015, and will become part of a permanent archive. The documentation concerning the finalist projects and those of the winners will be included in a special publication. In accordance with the Italian Privacy Law no. 196/2003, concerning the procedure initiated by this announcement, it should be noted that La Triennale di Milano is an active subject in the collection of data. The data requested are collected for the purposes of the award. Data processing procedures concern the documents and the requirements established by the law for participation in the competition by those entitled to do so.



Nominations by associations, institutions and foundations

Each association/institution may send up to a maximum of 10 preferences, each on its own form, which can be requested to the competition secretary: The nominations must include: author, title and date of the project, a valid e-mail address or telephone number for the designer of the work, the reasons for the nomination and a brief presentation on the letterhead of the association, institution or foundation that nominates the project.

Nominations must be received by 15 May 2015.


The Gold Medals, Special Awards and Honourable Mentions will be awarded by the Jury, whose decision is final. There will be no joint awards. The designers selected for the final phase (the finalists) shall provide La Triennale di Milano with additional graphic and illustrative materials, free from copyright.

Said documents will be kept in the La Triennale archive.





April 2015

Invitation to propose candidates for the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, and convening of the official jury and advisers



April-June 2015

Collection of nominations of architectural works by experts and self-nominations by individual architects/engineers or groups of designers.


30 June 2015

Meeting of the Jury to select the winners.

Press conference to present the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture 2015.


December 2015

Prize-giving ceremony and opening of the exhibition with the projects by the finalists and winners.

Keynote address by the winner of the Gold Medal.