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Mihai DUȚESCU

Atelier Mihai Duțescu
Jury member for the Architecture and research category, 2021 edition

Mihai Duțescu (born 1979, Alexandria) is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania. He is currently lecturer and tutor for a 2nd / 3rd year Design Studio within the same University.

Beside his teaching activity, Mihai is the author of a significant number of projects and studies (see: www.dutescu.ro). Some of his designs have been awarded:

- “Wagon-House”, award of the Housing section, Bucharest Architecture Annual, 2017;

- “Mixed used building for the Boteanu-Ienii Orthodox Church, Bucharest: bell tower, funeral chapel, meeting room, library”, medal of the Romanian Orthodox Church Patriarch, 2018;

- “Dudești Estate – apartments, offices, retail”, nomination at the Collective Housing section, Bucharest Architecture Annual, 2019;

- “The Other City. Places and Stories from Bucharest-South” (Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Mihai Duțescu, Andrei Mărgulescu et. al.), award of the Research in Architecture / Architecture Books section, Bucharest Architecture Annual, 2019;

- “Renovation of a historic villa“, nomination at the Architecture and Heritage section, Bucharest Architecture Annual, 2020;

- “Vitan Residence 2“ awarded Residential Development of the Year at the Southeast Europe Real Estate Awards, 2013.

Mihai Duțescu is also known for his literary activity. His writings (poems, prose, essays) have been included in various Romanian or foreign antologies. After winning a writing debut competition organized by “Cartea Romaneasca“ publishing house, he launches in 2010 his first poems collection, și toată bucuria acelor ani triști (“and all the joy of those sad years”). This book has received several prizes and nominations, including “Mihai Eminescu“ national award. In 2014 he publishes another poetry book, franceza un avantaj (“french an advantage“), and a novel, Uranus Park – a realistic fiction about the real estate jungle of Bucharest at the beginning of the 3rd millenium. This novel received the “Young Fiction Writer of the Year” award from the Romanian Ministry of Culture. His last novel, Bureți de fag (“Oyster Mushrooms“) has been recently launched by Trei Publishing House, Bucharest.