Winner Prix de Rome Architecture 1946
Architect Jaap Schipper (1915-2010) won the Prix de Rome Architecture in 1946 with a design for a religious centre, an assignment with which both he and second prize winner Arno Nicolaï had difficulty. Both man didn’t belong to any church and not considered themselves suitable to execute such an assignment. The jury didn’t share this objection, because in their eyes the architect sees himself placed in front of an unknown assignment repeatedly. Even though Schipper won first prize, the jury decided that he should share the money for the trip to Rome with Nicolaï. Thereafter, they decided to travel to Rome together. (source: Dave Wendt, Academie van Bouwkunst 1908-2008, 010 publishers, 2008).