Tracy Metz (LF ’07) said she was “flabbergasted” recently when the mayor of Rotterdam called to say she’d won the country’s 2016 Grote Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize, the Netherlands’s most important award for contributions to stimulating the debate on architecture, landscape and urbanism. The award is recognition for Metz’s many publications, activities, and initiatives that have brought urgent issues and developments to the attention of both a general and a professional public.
Metz’s ability to make connections between a variety of disciplines and subjects and her special qualities as storyteller and interpreter of ideas particularly appealed to the jury. Her analyses and her talent for engaging a broad public bring great value to society by making clear the value and the strength of design and designers’ approaches to the built and natural environment.
Metz is the 18th winner of the biannual prize. When she receives the €25 thousand award on November 4, 2016 she’ll be joining the company of past winners Aldo van Eyck, Rem Koolhaas, and Piet Oudolf.