The GÜNTER BOCK Prize
In July 2007, SAC awarded the Günter Bock Prize for the first time to the most outstanding first year student in its two-year, postgraduate Master of Arts in Architecture programme. Till date, the prize has been awarded annually during the programme’s annual End-of-Year events in July.
The Günter Bock Prize is named in honour of the Frankfurt-based architect Günter Bock who was SAC’s leader from 1972 to 1984. During his tenure, he took the programme from a modest German presence to the international scene.
Almost a quarter of a century after Bock left Städelschule, the Günter Bock Prize promotes excellence among SAC's students, celebrates high quality research and personal development within the academic context of the school and provides, of course, a financial encouragement and support in what is unavoidably an economically demanding student life. The End-of-Year jury that reviews the first year students' work, is also the jury for the Günter Bock Prize. At the discretion of the jury, the prize can be divided between two winners and/or announce honourable mentions.
With time, the Günter Bock Prize has come to resonate with increased importance in SAC’s development. It forms a lead banner under which SAC pursues its goals of excellence and students are initiated to programme's pedagogy. The Günter Bock Prize is a most generous gift to its recipients but first and foremost an emblem around which all of SAC gathers.
The prize currently consists of a €3.000 award that goes towards the winner's annual tuition fee for the Master Thesis Year.