LandEscape Therapy is the theme of the Ischia International Architecture Award 2020. Starting on 9 March it is possible to register for the international competition

The theme of PIDA - Premio Internazionale Ischia Di Architettura 2020, scheduled from 28 September to 3 October in Ischia, is LandEscape Therapy. 

The focus of the 12th edition, with a variegated program of encounters, reflections and research, will be the relationship between architecture and landscape, summed up in an original way in the work of the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, winner of the special PIDA 2020 prize. He will also deliver the closing lecture of the event.

Announced by the president of PIDA Giovannangelo De Angelis, the PIDA Landscape 2020 award will be assigned to Arte Sella, the contemporary art series in the natural setting of Trentino, whose creators will take part in the event and, in particular, in the workshop of architectural and urban design involving a group of students for six days, from the Universities of Rome, Palermo, Catania and Reggio Calabria.

The students will design new green spaces for the regeneration of the multifunctional center of Ischia, and they will create a permanent contemporary art exhibition in the pine groves at the center of the island. The workshop is coordinated by Thomas Daniell, professor of Architecture and Landscape at Kyoto University.


From 9 March to 19 July 2020 it is possible to take part in the PIDA international competition for the design of hotels and spas, and the second edition of the Competition for architecture of reconstruction, launched two years ago by Ischia, still coming to terms with choices in the wake of an earthquake.

Besides the already assigned special prizes and those for the winners of the competitions, during the fall even the PIDA awards for the best architectural journalists and photographers 2020 will also be announced.

The last three days of the event, from 1 to 3 October, are devoted to encounters and debates on the theme LandEscape Therapy, drawing stimuli from a phrase by Fabrizio Caramagna, “Some places are enigmas, others are explanations.”

Everything happens in the pine forest of Ischia, en plein air, in line with the choice of investigating the multiple relationships between architecture and nature, in tune with the themes of the workshop.

Alcuni luoghi sono un enigma, altri una spiegazione"

Apart from the long-term relationship with the Architects’ Association of Naples, PIDA begins a partnership with the Festival of Philosophy held each year in Ischia and Naples, leading to joint initiatives.