Photo: Iwan Baan

The Houen Foundation Award is one of Norway’s foremost prizes in the field of architecture and construction.

The award was one of several testamentary prizes established in accordance with the will of the businessman Anton Christian Houen (1823–94) in 1893. It was presented for the first time in 1904.

The award is given to architects responsible for «designs for buildings, completed buildings or building ensembles, and other physical design attainments of outstanding, independent and architecturally consummate quality». Projects are not eligible for the award until two years after completion.

The Norwegian Ministry of Culture has entrusted management of the award to the National Museum. The museum appoints juries in cooperation with the Association of Norwegian Architects. The award is formally presented by the Ministry of Culture in accordance with the National Museum’s recommendations.

Four winners of the Houen Foundation Award in 2019.

The 2019 Houen Foundation Awards were presented on 29 August 2019. The four winning designs were: Stormen Culture Centre in Bodø, Holmenkollbakken ski-jump complex, Våningshus Dalaker/Galta on Rennesøy, and D36 – Green House in Oslo.

The jury for 2019 consisted of jury chair Alexandria Algaard (architect MNAL), Nina Berre (architect MNAL, PhD), Knut Longva (architect MNAL), and Ole Gustavsen (director of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design).