The winner of the 2014 Seaside Prize was Rob Krier, a renowned sculptor, architect, urban designer and theorist.
As Seaside Institute Fellow Dan Solomon recently stated about Krier:
“For over forty years, Rob’s drawings, his writing and thinking, and his superb body of built work have been a shining beacon for all of us who consider ourselves urbanists.
“There is no one – no one in history and certainly now living – who can draw urban space with the poetry and majesty of Rob’s drawings. His built work is in Europe – Berlin, Luxembourg, and his superb recent new towns in Holland – but his influence is international and his impact on American urbanism is profound.”
Krier is a former professor of architecture at Vienna University of Technology, Austria. From 1993 to mid-2010 he has worked in partnership with architect Christoph Kohl in a joint office based in Berlin, Germany. He is the older brother of fellow architect Léon Krier.
Krier studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich from 1959 to 1964. After graduating, he worked with Oswald Mathias Ungers in Cologne and Berlin (1965–66) and Frei Otto in Berlin and Stuttgart (1967–70). From 1973 to 1975, he was an assistant in the school of architecture at the University of Stuttgart. In 1975, he was guest professor at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. From 1976 to 1998, he was professor of architecture at Vienna University of Technology. In addition, in 1996, he was a guest professor at Yale University.
From 1976 to 1994, Krier had his own architect’s office in Vienna. From 1992 until 2004, he ran a joint office with Nicolas Lebunetel in Montpellier, France. In 1993, he also founded a joint office with Christoph Kohl in Berlin most recently incorporated as “Krier ∙ Kohl Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH”. Since June 2010 the renamed KK Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH is backed by Rob Krier as senior advisor.
Krier first came into international attention with his 1975 book “Stadtraum,” which has been translated into English under the title Urban Space in 1979 and reprinted as “Stadtraum/Urban Space” in 2005.