Belgian architect Laurent Troost wins the IAI Most Creativity Award of the year

On June 18, 2021, the 13th IAI Design Award Ceremony was held in the conference center of Xiamen Lohkah Hotel & Spa. Nearly 400 guests from the design and art industries at home and abroad attended the event. When the host announced that the winner of the IAI Most Creativity Award of the year is Belgian architect Laurent Troost, the atmosphere reached a climax. Because the pandemic was still going on around the whole world during this event, Laurent could not accept the award in person. However, when Laurent's winning works and his photos were shown on the screens, there was a round of applause from the audience in order to express congratulations to Laurent.

Laurent Troost is a Belgian Architect based in Manaus, Brazil, founder of Laurent Troost Architectures and co-founder of Labverde, an Art Immersion Programme in the Amazon.

His architectural practice has won several international competitions and awards, such as the Dezeen Award, the World Architecture Award among others. His work has been widely published and exhibited, including at the São Paulo Architecture Biennial, at the Buenos Aires Biennial, at the Maison du Brésil in Paris and at the Seoul Hall of Urbanism and Architecture. Laurent has taught and lectured at numerous institutions including the Escola da Cidade and the FAU-USP in São Paulo, the UdelaR in Montevideo, the Sociedad Central de Arquitectura in Buenos Aires, the Universidad Caritas in Costa Rica, the Tokyo Development Learning Center in Tokyo, the TISCH in New York and at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville among others.

Aside from his practice, Laurent has also been the Urban Planning Director for the Municipality of Manaus from 2013 until 2020 and is currently a consultant for the World Bank Group.

The guest representative went to the stage for Laurent Troost to receive the IAI Creativity Award's trophy and certificate.