The AHK Graduation Prizes were awarded for the eleventh time on 26 January 2023. During a festive award ceremony in the Melkweg, the best graduation works of the 2022 graduates were put in the spotlight. The prize in the Master category was awarded to Steven van Raan (master in Architecture) for his project Tentoonstelling voor verbeelding.
Steven van Raan graduated from the Academy of Architecture with his project Tentoonstelling voor verbeelding (Exhibition for Imagination). From the jury report: “In Exhibition for Imagination, architecture is stripped back to the essence: a connection between art and reason. In high-quality research that is elaborated in great detail, Steven van Raan makes the case for more feeling in architecture, away from the megalomaniacal and pragmatic plans of developers. Beautiful and very much necessary in an architectural landscape that is becoming increasingly impoverished.”
Criteria and jury
The Graduation Prize of the Amsterdam University of the Arts consists of a cash prize of €3,000 in the bachelor and master categories and an audience award worth €1,000. The nominees who did not win each receive € 500 for their nomination.
Five bachelor's projects and five master's projects of the graduates of 2022, from the various academies, were nominated. The jury assessed all entries on three criteria: the quality of the work, the way in which the graduates connected with the outside world and the relevance of their work to the development of the field.
This year the jury consisted of chair Ernestine Comvalius (supervisory board member Democracy and Media Foundation & young artists' coach), Amber Kortzorg (journalist & member Supervisory Board AHK), Ahmet Polat (photographer & film maker) and Inez van der Scheer (junior curator Amsterdam Museum).
More information about the AHK Graduation Prize