The Prix de Rome is the oldest and most prestigious award in the Netherlands for architects under the age of 35. The purpose of the award is to identify talented architects and to encourage them to develop further and increase their visibility. Mels Crouwel was asked to take part in the jury of this important prize. The jury of the Prix de Rome 2018 consists, besides Mels Crouwel, of Frank Havermans (founder/artist/designer Studio Frank Havermans), Afaina de Jong (architect/founder AFARAI), Oana Rades (owner/architect Shift architecture urbanism), Ronald Rietveld (architect/founder RAAAF/ winner Prix de Rome 2006), Peter Cachola Schmal (director Deutsches Architekturmuseum). The chair is held by Birgit Donker (director Mondriaan Fund).
After a couple of rounds, the jury of the Prix de Rome has selected four architects for the shortlist of the Prix de Rome 2018. The nominees are: Alessandra Covini / Studio Ossidiana, Bram van Kaathoven, Katarzyna Nowak and the duo Rademacher de Vries. For the final round the four candidates are challenged to make a fictional design for the Sixhaven area in Amsterdam. The final results of the four nominees will be on display from the 19th of October in Het Nieuwe Instituut