THE PRIZE

The Marble Architectural Awards (MAA) began in 1985; since then it has been held regularly and has now completed four cycles.

The Awards have managed to promote the qualities of natural stone in a way that it is now used by many international architects and has contributed to the prestige of numerous famous works of contemporary architecture. 

Furthermore, thanks to the MAA, our company has created a database which contains full documentation of stone design/architecture over the last three decades; the technical sheets, drawings and photographs of the projects entered can be consulted by students and professionals at the IMM offices.


Over the years some of the most well-known names in world architecture have taken part in the MAA competition. The winners include: I.M. Pei (New York), Skidmore-Owings and Merril (Houston), Samwoo Arch. (Seoul), Satow (Tokyo), Foster Assoc. (London), Henning Larsens (Copenhagen), Dani Karavan (Tel Aviv), Adolfo Natalini (Florence), Harry Seidler (Sydney), Kohn Pedersen Fox (New York), Cesar Pelli and Assoc. (New York), Paul Andreu (Paris), Mario Botta (Lugano), Hans Hollein (Vienna), Richard Meier and Partners (New York), Michael Graves (Princeton), Kisho Kurokawa and Assoc. (Tokyo), Seok ChulKim and Assoc. (Seoul), Joan Otto Von Sprekelsen (Copenhagen), Hideto Horinke + Assoc. (Tokyo), Shuhei Endo (Tokyo), Kajima Design (Tokyo), Takenaka Corp. Architecture Design Institute (Peking), Makoto Sei Watanabe (Tokyo), O.M. Ungers (Berlin), Kleihnes+Kleihues (Berlin), Kenzo Tange (Paris), Von Gerkan Marg und Partner (Hamburg), Piero Sartogo Architetti (Rome), Gae Aulenti Associati (Milan), Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Genoa), Kengo Kuma and Associates (Tokyo), Nihon Sekkei (Tokyo), Michael Wilford & Partners (London), Jan Kleihues (Berlin), RFR di Peter Rice (Paris), Manfredi Nicoletti (Rome). 

Along with famous names there is also a selection of very important works such as: the Arche de la Defense in Paris; the Modern Art Museum in Frankfurt;  the Hong Kong and Shangai Banking Corporation in Hong Kong; the Bank of China in Hong Kong; the Getty Center in Los Angeles; The Finlandia Hall in Helsinki; the Winter Garden in New York; the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in Baghdad, the New Treasury of the Italian Embassy  in Washington, the New Library in Alessandria, Egypt, the Great Mosques in Mecca and Medina, the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum in Nagasaki, the Bank of China Head Office in Peking, the Esplanade-Theatre on the Bay in Singapore, the Vangi Museum-The Sculture Garden Museum in Shizuoka, the Hill of Hope in Hiroshima, the Deutsche Historiches Museum in Berlin, the Great Court at the British Museum in London, the Christ Papillon-Expo 2000 in Hannover, the Hotel Concorde in Berlin, the Music Auditorium in Rome.