International recognition for DAC

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has presented DAC with an official honorary award.

AIA – The American Institute of Architects
AIA is considered to be one of the most influential architecture organizations in the world, with 83 000 professional members - thousands of which have the whole world as their workplace

”… a source of inspiration and hope for the whole world”

This was the honour bestowed on Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) by the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA) when DAC received an official honorary award. 

Kent Martinussen, in his role as CEO at DAC, was recognized for his commitment to presenting architecture to the general public and for putting important questions on the agenda, at home and abroad because “the DAC is a steward of architecture’s most noble ideals of community service, the DAC is a source of inspiration and hope to the entire world.”

The honorary award was presented to DAC at AIA’s annual conference, which was held in Copenhagen this year. This was AIA’s first visit to Denmark, with 125 leading American architects spending a week here.

The vice president of AIA, George Miller presented the honorary award to DAC on behalf of the association’s president, Marshall Purnell.

Kent Martinussen responded:

”I am deeply grateful and very proud to accept this award.  This honorary award is for all the members of the Danish Architecture Centre staff, who strive to promote and develop architecture to its full extent. I am especially pleased about the American architects’ interest in our focus on sustainability. At the moment, we are working at full speed towards the opening of our exhibition, ecotopedia - walk the talk at the Danish pavilion in Venice on 14 September. Here, we will show the whole world how skilled Denmark is at finding innovative solutions within sustainable architecture and urban planning. The honorary award is also an acknowledgement of Danish architecture and the government’s architecture policy that, among other things, focuses on promoting Danish architecture overseas. The AIA have noticed this and decided to acknowledge us with this honorary award.”

AIA’s citation to DAC

Presidential citation presented to Kent Martinussen, The CEO of The Danish Architecture Centre

 “A key player in presenting architecture to the general public and foreign visitors, the DAC, under his leadership, has not only made even more eloquent, both at home and on a world stage, the rich voice of Denmark’s design tradition, but has also helped tune this voice to speak to a host of pressing contemporary concerns, from social issues and public architecture to sustainable design. A steward of architecture’s most noble ideals of community service, the DAC is a source of inspiration and hope to the entire world.”

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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