John Quale selected for Golden Trezzini Awards 2020 Jury

May 22, 2020

John Quale, Chair and Professor of Architecture in the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning has been selected to participate as a juror for an international award: the 2020 Golden Trezzini Awards 2020 Jury.

The Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design is named after Domenico Trezzini (1670—1734), the first architect of St. Petersburg, born in Switzerland. Established in 2018, the awards are supported by the Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, the Embassy of Russia in Switzerland, the Embassy of Switzerland in St. Petersburg, the Committee on Urban Planning and Architecture (KGA), the State Committee on Control, Use and Protection of Historical and Cultural Landmarks (KGIOP), the World Club of St. Petersburg, the Union of Architects of Russia, the Union of Renovators of Russia, St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPbGASU), and a number of other organizations and institutions. The motto of the awards is 'Architecture as Art.’

The Award’s mission is to establish a new expert community that will bring together architectural, design, renovation, and museum professionals along with diplomatic, business, media, state, and academic representatives, and people of art.

The main objective of the Awards is to acknowledge and promote architectural and designer projects which can be referred to as artwork in terms of artistic value. Professor Quale was surprised to be asked to participate on the jury.

However, Quale has served on several notable juries during his academic career. Twice he has served on the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA-COTE) jury. He also served as a juror on the International Competition for Masdar Headquarters in 2008, for the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Masdar’s aspiration is to create a net-zero community in the desert. He also served on the MUD HOUSE Design Competition, organized by the NKA Foundation, Ghana in 2015.

Quale has won over thirty awards in competitions, including first place in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Design Competition while he was a graduate student. His design/build project, ecoMOD, has won a large number of awards, such as being selected by the UN World Habitat Award as a Finalist, the only U.S. Finalist that year. In 2013, when he was on the faculty of the University of Virginia, the ecoMOD Project was selected by Architect Magazine for their Research and Development Award.

His area of expertise is sustainable design and offsite (prefab) construction. He has published three books, Offsite Architecture: Constructing the Future, in partnership with Ryan E. Smith (Routledge); Sustainable, Affordable Prefab: the ecoMOD Project (UVA Press) and Trojan Goat (UVA Press) about his first experience running a design / build project. It was the first Solar Decathlon event in 2002. The student team included over 25 members from Architecture and Engineering.

The ecoMOD Project has transitioned to the University of New Mexico, and is currently working with Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity on ecoMOD7 AZUL.