The Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize
From 2003 to 2015, the Dewi-Prys Thomas Trust awarded a prestigious triennial prized that recognized the importance of good design to the quality of life, identity and regeneration of Wales. It appreciated projects of excellence in a wide range of fields:
• Landscape design and public spaces
• Environmental improvements, sustainability projects and civil engineering
• Public art.
In all of these, projects and initiatives that display the following characteristics are rewarded:
• Excellence: demonstrating the highest quality of thinking, design and execution
• Utility: fulfilling their essential function simply and effectively
• Originality: finding new ways of working in the built environment
• Inspiration: making a difference in the quality and appreciation of design in Wales.
Celebrating good design, and passion for good design, in the built environment in WalesThe Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize was described by Patrick Hannay, the editor of 'Touchstone: the magazine for architecture in Wales', as 'Wales's most important architectural award’. It celebrated the life of Dewi-Prys Thomas, an inspirational teacher and advocate for Wales and the Welsh environment. Dewi-Prys, who died in 1985, cared deeply about Wales and the Welsh environment and the prize sought to capture this inspirational and passionate spirit.