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The Museo Picasso Málaga is the recipient of the 2006 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, along ten other architectural projects. The selection process involved more than 400 buildings from all over the world. Last year, Gluckman Mayner Architects received as well a Design Award from the New York delegation of AIA for its work on the Museo Picasso Málaga.

The Museo Picasso Málaga was amongst the eleven recipients of the 2006 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, announced recently. These awards are the profession&rsquo";"s highest recognition given in the US to works that exemplify excellence in architecture.

The jury stressed that the Museo Picasso Málaga represented &ldquo";“A beautiful job of restoration architecture&hellip”;" It is appropriately modest, weaving a museum into the fabric of this Mediterranean city&hellip";" New portions were simply and elegantly inserted in and around the 16th century palace, the outdoor courtyards and the city streets&rdquo";“. Other recipients of the 2006 awards included Washington Convention Center (Washington, USA) by D&amp”;“P Mariani PLLC and the Frieder Burda Collection Museum (Baden-Baden, Germany) by Richard Meier &amp”;" Partners. The rehabilitation and expansion of the Museo Picasso Málaga site was designed by Richard Gluckman of Gluckman Mayner Architects, and Isabel Cámara and Rafael Martín Delgado of Cámara/Martín Delgado Arquitectos, in cooperation with ARUP, the engineering firm.

The jury was particularly interested in given recognition to projects that &ldquo";“fit their context&rdquo”;“, whether it was a chapel, an office building, a campus or urban intervention. According to the Jury Chair, the American architect Robert E. Hull, &ldquo”;“In our deliberations and site visits there was the realization of the special qualities, vitality, and importance that great architecture brings to our society.&rdquo”;" Robert E. Hull himself visited the Museo Picasso Málaga on October 26 last year, when he was welcomed and shown around the museum by its director, Bernardo Laniado-Romero. In the opinion of the AIA Jury, &ldquo";“This museum, dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso, graces the historic city center of Malaga, the artist&rsquo”;“s birthplace. The architects fully restored the 16-century Palacio de Buenavista to house the main entry and collection galleries within a project that also included inserting new buildings into the urban fabric.&rdquo”;"

The award ceremony will be held in June this year at the AIA 2006 National Convention and Design Exposition in Los Angeles.