International Prize of Sacred Architecture 2008


The winner of the 4th edition of International Prize of Sacred Architecture is:
John Pawson
Monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur
Novy Dvur, Boemia/Bohemia



The Foundation Frate Sole announces the IV edition of the International Prize of Sacred Architecture addressed to designers of any nationality, who have realized a religious building within the Christian fellowships during the last decade.

Category Award / Competition Result
Type Architecture Award
Genre Architecture, Sacred
Country Italy
RegDeadline 31 May 2008 GoogleCal iCal
31 May 2008 (Must be Postmarked)
Eligibility All
Target Field The sacred architecture which began after October, 4th 1998 and has been completed

"The Foundation has been created with the aim of stimulating aware-ness of the need for excellent churches and with the intention of giving active encouragement to their construction. Churches so conceived should be an expression of authentic qualities both artistic and mystical, and the sacred space which is the result of their effective combination should be capable of making God manifest".
To this end, the "Frate Sole" Foundation has set up an Award to the value of 50.000,00 Euro, to be conferred at four-yearly intervals on the architects or artists of any Christian confession who in the course of the ten preceding years has been responsible for an ecclesiastical building of undoubted excellence.

Fr. Costantino Ruggeri (Actively involved in the costruction of sacred buildings)
Mons. Gianfranco Ravasi (Prefect of the Ambrosian Library of Milan)
Prof. Eng. Vittorio Vaccari (Professor at University of Pavia)
Eng. Ignazio Breccia Fratadocchi (Member of the Commission for New Churches in the Vicariate of Rome)
Rag. Giovanni Nisoli (Promoter of artistic requalification of the spaces)
Arch. Giuseppe Maria Jonghi Lavarini (Editor of "CHIESA OGGI - architettura e comunicazione")
Arch. Luigi Leoni (Planner Mystic Spaces)
H. E. Card. Ennio Antonelli (Cardinal of the Diocese of Florence)
Mrs. Piera Capitelli (Mayor of the Municipality of Pavia)
Fr. Roberto Ferrari (Provincial Father of the Friars minor of the province of S. Carlo Borromeo of Milan)
Mr. Roberto Formigoni (President Lombardy Region)
Mons. Giovanni Giudici (Bishop of the Diocese of Pavia)
H. E. Card. Francesco Marchisano (Basilica of S. Peter - Rome)
H. E. Card. Severino Poletto (Cardinal of the Diocese of Turin)
Prof. Angiolino Stella (Rector of the University of the Studies of Pavia)
On. Mr. Francesco Rutelli (Minister for the Assets and the Cultural Activities of the Italian Republic)
Fr. Costantino Ruggeri (President)

Judging Process

Winner: 25000 €
Second prize: 10000 €
Further prizes for a total amount: 15000 €

Entry Fee

Both papery and on a CD-ROM: A3 sheet and color pictures (5 of the interiors and 5 of the exteriors) and brief (in Italian or in English)

The ceremony for the proclamation of the winners and for the prize-giving: 4th October 2008 (at festivity of S. Francesco of Assisi in Pavia)

Past winners

The Foundation Frate Sole

Official Website,en/