Winners of Jane Drew and Ada Louise Huxtable prizes announced

She founded her practice Atelier Iwona Buczkowska in 1980, and has completed several radical social housing projects and public buildings in France.

Davis is a leader of the movement for abolition of the prison system as well as an important voice in other fields of civil rights activism. Her latest book Abolition: Politics, Practices, Promises, Volume 1 is due to be published by Penguin in March.

Previous winners include: Canadian architect and patron Phyllis Lambert (2023), British-Palestinian sculptor and artist Mona Hatoum (2022), educator and writer Lesley Lokko (2021), academic and writer Beatriz Colomina (2020), photographer Hélène Binet (2019), Dutch artist Madelon Vriesendorp (2018), British sculptor Rachel Whiteread (2017), former director of the Serpentine Galleries Julia Peyton-Jones (2016), and architecture patron Jane Priestman (2015).


The award recognises an architectural designer who, through their work and commitment to design excellence, has raised the profile of women in architecture. The prize is part of the W Awards, run by the AJ and The Architectural Review. Previous winners include: Kazuyo Sejima (2023), Farshid Moussavi (2022), Kate Macintosh (2021), Yasmeen Lari (2020), Elizabeth Diller (2019), Amanda Levete (2018), Denise Scott Brown (2017), Odile Decq (2016), Grafton Architects founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara (2015), Zaha Hadid (2014), Kathryn Findlay of Ushida Findlay (2013) and Eva Jiřičná (2012).

The Jane Drew Prize for Architecture is named in honour of Jane Drew, who was an advocate for women in a male-dominated profession. She graduated from the AA in 1929 and started her own practice after the Second World War. Her work played a significant role in introducing the Modern Movement into the UK.

Buczkowska designed the largest timber housing complex in France, the Cité Pierre Sémard – a social housing project of 225 units completed in 1992 in Seine-Saint-Denis.

Meanwhile, political activist, philosopher and writer Angela Davis has won the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for Contribution to Architecture 2024. The award recognises individuals from fields adjacent to intersecting with architecture, who have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment.

The Ada Louise Huxtable Prize is named after architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable – the first full-time architecture critic at a US newspaper when she joined the New York Times. She was later awarded the first Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1970. The award is open to critics, politicians, clients and planners, or anyone influencing architectural culture.