"The nominees rigorously search for the root of culture and the root of architecture in their works. They are trying to interpret history in various forms, logic and medias. Their critical analysis of history of the site not only shed new lights on architecture, but also offer new understanding about history. They understand architecture as part of culture phenomena, so their contribution to architecture goes beyond the discipline itself. In other words, they broaden the definition architecture.
On top of that, it is very rare to see emerging architects focus on history rather than trends. They are very clear about what they want in architecture and they have made tremendous achievements. Therefore, I would like to nominate Atelier Alter as a strong candidate for the SIA-Getz Architecture Prize."
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