On December 19, 2010, Tao Zhu, the assistant professor of the Department of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong received the Architectural Critics Award from the China Architecture Media Awards 2010.
The China Architecture Media Awards (CAMA) is organized by China’s prominent mass media Southern Metropolis Daily in collaboration with eight major Chinese architectural magazines, The Architect, Time + Architecture, World Architecture, Domus China, New Architecture, World Architectural Review, Urban Environment Design, and Architecture Technique. With the bold slogan “Toward A Civil Architecture,” the CAMA Committee offers a series of architectural awards biannually, in attempt to “promote architecture’s engagement in China’s construction of the civil society.” This year marks the second time of the CAMA, which has become the most influential architectural award among the architectural communities of the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
This year, in addition to the architectural awards initially set up in 2008, the CAMA has also established the Architectural Critics Award. The CAMA jury decides to offer this first award to Tao Zhu, based on the flowing criteria:
“Tao Zhu is a very active architectural critic in the public sphere. He can penetrate many fashionable topics such as the ‘tectonics,’ ‘modern Chinese dwelling,’ and clearly discern the problems embedded in China’s reality. He is courageous to speak out and to criticize, with his own unique and penetrating views. His work expresses a strong concern for humanity and social responsibility.”
Mr. Zhu attended the award ceremony in Shenzhen on the evening of December 19, 2010. He delivered his acceptance speech titled “Five Points towards a New Architectural Wring: A Personal Manifesto.”