Iwona Buczkowska and Angela Davis named winners of the 2024 Jane Drew and Ada Louise Huxtable Prizes

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Iwona Buczkowska

Iwona Buczkowska is a French architect and urban planner born in Poland, from the Special School of Architecture in Paris, as well as an architect from the Polytechnic School of Gdansk (Poland).

Buczkowska received the Gold Medal and the Special Prize at the Fifth World Architecture Biennale in Sofia in 1989 for her project in Le Blanc-Mesnil and the silver medal and the Delarue Prize in 1994 from the Academy of Architecture for the complete work of hers. In 2003, she received the Grand Public Prize for Architecture of the Ile-de-France region for her work on Le Blanc-Mesnil.

Angela Davis

Angela Davis is a philosopher, Marxist politician, Afro-descendant activist and professor in the Department of History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz in the United States, born in Alabana, United States, on January 26, 1944.

In 1969 she was expelled from the University of California, where she taught philosophy classes as an assistant professor for belonging to the Communist Party of the United States. She was linked to the Black Panther movement, but she was not part of it. She was also involved in the case of "The Brothers of Soledad", for which she was sentenced to capital punishment for kidnapping and murder, but she was released after the mobilization of progressive organizations around the world.

In 1974 she became a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the United States. In 1976, after publishing her autobiography, she returned to teaching. In 1984, in the company of the then leader of the CPUSA, she presented her candidacy for the vice presidency of the United States.

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