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Vernacular Architecture
Prize 2024

The European Architecture Prize Philippe Rotthier 2024 rewards architectural projects, urban and rural developments completed in the last five years that promote architecture in harmony with nature, that value local identity, history and craftsmanship through the judicious use of common-sense principles, natural materials and long-lasting construction techniques.

The prize is open to builders of all kinds, architects, craftsmen and town planners.


"Vernacular architecture respects the genius of its milieu, uses natural, local materials and is built by the hands of craftsmen following age-old traditions."


Philippe Rotthier, Fondateur du prix, juin 2023



The jury under the presidency of Maurice Culot will be particularly attentive to projects that:   

  • Are locally based and are not interchangeable

  • Seek to integrate rural and urban contexts and to avoid dislocation and provocation

  • Make maximum possible use of natural materials and traditional and ecological methods

  • Take into account local practices and customs  

  • Generate public spaces recognisable by all (streets, paths, avenues, squares, etc.)  

  • Favour a mixity of activities and limited mechanical circulation

  • Reject social segregation in favour of mixed use buildings in which social housing is imperceptibly integrated

  • Use land economically and the countryside sparingly

An amount of 40 000 euros, possibly split between several entries, is being made available to the jury by the prize founder, Philippe Rotthier.


To apply for the European Architecture Prize Philippe Rotthier 2024, please fill in the following form and send us your application before the 30th of April 2024.

Application files must be sent by email to


We accept only one application per candidate.

The application file should be A3 format, 20 pages maximum (single slided) and should include all documents of use in understanding the work (elevations, plans, sections, construction details, colour photographs before and after) as well as contact details of the natural person or corporate entity submitting the entry file, the names of the authors of the project (craftmen, architects, urbanists, builders, developers, etc). Works entered for the prize must have been built within the last five years. Texts must be in French or English.

The files and documents sent will not be returned. Candidates cede their rights to reproduction and communication of their documents to the Philippe Rotthier Foundation for Architecture.


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