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Liechtenstein state capitol forum and parliament
Liechtenstein state capitol forum and parliament

KNOXVILLE — Hansjörg Göritz, associate professor in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been recognized internationally as designing one of the most creative brick structures in the world.

Göritz is the prime laureate recipient of the 2010 Wienerberger AG Brick Award. Wienerberger AG, the largest producer of bricks in the world and Europe’s largest roof tile manufacturer, holds a biennial award competition to recognize unique brick structures and their architects. The award is given to five projects worldwide, with one prime laureate winner.

Göritz was recognized for Liechtenstein’s new state capitol forum and parliament, which was designed by his Germany-based firm, HansjörgGöritzArchitekturstudio. The structure was selected from among 45 state-of-the-art brick structures worldwide, out of 260 nominees from 32 countries.

An international jury, including world renowned architects Maurizo Masi, Vladimir Plotkin, Radu Mihailescu and former Brick Award winners Andrea Deplazes and Thomas Rau, selected the winning projects.

The award was presented to Göritz on April 8 at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna.

Liechtenstein state capitol forum and parliament

“Hansjörg brings outstanding credentials of international practice to his role as a faculty member,” said John McRae, dean of the College of Architecture and Design. “His recognition as a designer is superb, including this most recent international brick award, which is yet another demonstration of his knowledge of materials and construction in design. Hansjörg brings this knowledge and expertise into the studio and classroom in a meaningful way, giving the students insights into practice at the highest level.”

Göritz, born in Hannover, Germany, founded HansjörgGöritzArchitekturstudio in 1986 when he was only 27 years old. He has lectured across Europe and first visited UT Knoxville in 2006 as a guest presenter and visiting critic. Both Göritz and his firm have received numerous awards.

HansjörgGöritzArchitekturstudio was part of an international European competition in 2000 to design and implement a Liechtenstein state capitol forum and parliament, the first home for parliament in the bicentennial history of the country since its sovereignty in 1806. After seven years of planning, the grand opening ceremony was held in early 2008.

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