Austrian Prize for Architecture 2023 – Special Prize MED CAMPUS Graz

MED CAMPUS Graz has been awarded the Special Prize at the Austrian Prize for Architecture 2023.

MED CAMPUS Graz was designed by the Riegler Riewe Architekten ZT-Ges.m.b.H. since 2011, planned and built on behalf of the Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft mbH for the Medical University Graz and the KAGES. Since its opening in May 2023, it has united the university medical facilities previously spread across the city of Graz as well as all administrative areas and representative facilities of the Medical University Graz alongside the LKH University Hospital Graz under one roof.

The MED CAMPUS Graz offers 2,500 employees and around 5,000 students an innovative, sustainable and future-oriented teaching and research environment on over 53,000 m² of usable space.

The jury particularly emphasized the successful architectural design, not least due to the innovative use of modern methods to regulate and control the indoor climate.

Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Christian Story (Partner) and Dipl.-Ing. Susanne Mayr (project manager) accepted the Special Prize on behalf of the Riegler Riewe Architekten ZT-Ges.m.b.H. together with the heads of the universities division of the Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H., Dipl.-Ing. Maximilian Pammer and Mag. (FH) Richard Schöberl as well as the head of the MED CAMPUS program at the Medical University Graz, Dipl.-Ing. Heinrich Schober at the awards gala on November 7th, 2023 at the Palais Wertheim in Vienna. Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Christian Story emphasized: “Good architecture not only requires good architects but also ambitious clients. Both the Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft as the client and the user - the Medical University Graz - formulated very clear quality criteria for both the process and the result from the outset. That was an important foundation for the success of the project.”

Every two years, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labor and Economy awards the Austrian Prize for Architecture for outstanding architectural achievements based on the decision of an independent jury of experts. The organizer is the Austrian Architecture Foundation, the partners are the Austrian Economic Chamber (Federal Guild of Construction) and the Federal Chamber of Civil Engineers and Architects. Projects of architectural realizations in the categories of production and trade, services and administration/research can be submitted. The submitted projects are assessed holistically by the jury, using the criteria of architectural quality, relationship to the surroundings, innovation, user quality, quality of implementation and careful use of resources.

The expert jury for the State Prize for Architecture 2023 included: Arch. DI Daniel Fügenschuh (Federal Chamber of Civil Engineers), DI Susanne Fritzer (Feyferlik/Fritzer Architects), Prof. Mag. Marie-Therese Harnoncourt-Fuchs (board member of the Austrian Architecture Foundation), Werner Müllner (Austrian Chamber of Commerce - Federal Construction Guild) and HR Mag. Markus Wimmer (Burghauptmannschaft Österreich)