Plečnik Award


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Plečnikova nagrada
Karlovška 3, SI-1001 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 252 7930
Founded byArchitects' Society of Ljubljana (DAL)
Organised byPlečnik Fund

The Plečnik Award presents the most prestigious national award in the field of architecture. It was launched in 1972, to mark the centenary of Slovenia's most acclaimed architect Jože Plečnik (1872–1957), and to highlight outstanding achievements in Slovene architecture. The Plečnik Fund, established a year later, annually issues a competition call for the Plečnik Awards.

Submissions, ranging from those for the best architecture and landscape architecture, for the best final-grade or postgraduate student works in the field of architecture and design, for special research contributions in the field of architecture, to those for special contributions to the development of architecture, are then nominated by an expert committee of the Association of Architects.


Along with the Plečnik Award, Plečnik Medals are also bestowed to a well-considered architectural concept and a successful realisation of nominated projects. The Plečnik Student Recognition rewards the year's best student project, research, or publication.

A catalogue of all awarded projects is published, in some occasions also a guided tour of the winning projects is organised by the Architects' Society of Ljubljana (DAL).


The 2003 Plečnik Award went to the architects of a primary school in Kočevje, southern Slovenia, while a Plečnik Medal for his contribution to the development of Slovene architecture was posthumously presented to architect Savin Sever. In the same year the Plečnik Fund also honoured an international group of architects – Aljoša Dekleva, Manuela Gatto, Tina Gregorič, Robert Sedlak, and Vasili Stroumpakos – who had examined the effects of shifting residential habits on urban residential architecture in their Masters dissertation entitled Negotiate My Boundary!, written as part of their study at the London Architectural Association.

In 2011 Matjaž Bolčina, Ernest Milčinovič, and Teja Savelli received the award for the renovation and transformation of the Škratelj Homestead into the Museum of Slovenian Film Actors in Divača, while in 2012 Jurij Kobe from ATELIERarhitekti‎ and Rok Žnidaršič got awarded for the reconstructed former Minorite convent on the bank of the Drava river, turned into the Maribor Puppet Theatre.

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