In order to draw attention towards and to promote specific individuals or projects, the non-profit GAA-Foundation (GAAF) awarded in 2010-2012-2013 and 2014 an artist(s) or architect(s) for his/her/their outstanding concept and execution thereof.

Since 2015 this prize is awarded by the European Cultural Centre and therefore renamed in the ECC Award. The ECC will give this Award each time to an artist(s), architect(s) or designer(s) who is/are dedicated to their concept over a longer period of time and whereby this concept and the execution thereof is in our opinion of significant meaning.

The ECC Award has been previously given to: 

2019         ECC Design Award: Piero Castiglioni (ITA/FRA)
2018         ECC Architecture Award: Odile Decq (FRA)         
2018         ECC Architecture Education Award: North Carolina State University College of Design (USA)         
2018         ECC Design Award: Ying Gao (CAN)          
2017         ECC Art Award: Joseph Kosuth (USA) for his life long dedication to create Meaning with contemporary art.        
2017         ECC Design Award: Oki Sato, Studio Nendo (JPN) for his contribution to the world of Design.         
2016         ECC Architecture Award: Denise Scott Brown (USA) for her life-long dedication to architecture  
2016         ECC Design Award: Karim Rashid (Canada/USA) for his personal contribution to the world of Design         
2015         ECC Art Award: " Yoko Ono (Japan) for her continuing efforts to promote "Imagine Peace"          
2014         ECC Architecture Award: "The University of Houston, (USA): Gerald D. Hines College Of Architecture         
2013         ECC Art Award: Arnulf Rainer (Austria) for his work series "Rainer - Klimt - Schiele"         
2012         ECC Architecture Award: Arata Isozaki (Japan) for his Zhengdong New District Project
2011         ECC Art Award: Roman Opalka (France-Poland) for his life long depiction of "Time Passing"
2010         ECC Art Award: Sasaki (Japan) for his more than 15 years ongoing Heartbeat Project.     

Shortlisted for the ECC Award have been:

2019     ECC Design Award: Royal College of Arts - Design Products (GBR) Faina Collection (UKR) Suzanne Tick (USA)Dá Design Studio (NGA)
2018         ECC Architecture Award: Peter Eisenman (USA), Odile Decq (FRA), Daniel Libeskind (POL/USA), Curt Fentress (USA), Moshe Safdie (CAN), Kengo Kuma (JPN), Nikken Sekkei (JPN)     
2018         ECC Architecture Education Award: North Carolina State University College of Design (USA), University of Cincinnati (USA), SoA Syracuse University (USA), University of Arkansas - Fay Jones School of A&D (USA), University of NSW with Government Architect NSW, Tongji University (CHN), ENSA Strasbourg (FRA)     
2018         ECC Design Award: Atelier Maximun (FRA), Naqsh Collective (JOR), Ying Gao (CAN), About A Worker (FRA), Coalesce Studio (PAK)     
2017         ECC Art Award: Nobuyoshi Araki (JPN), Daniel Buren (FRA), Marina Abramovic (SRB), Joseph Kosuth (USA), Hermann Nitsch (AUT), Mike Parr (AUS), Lawrence Weiner (USA)     
2017         ECC Design Award: Yi Chen & Muchen Zhang (CHN), Anton Hendrik Denys (BEL), Estúdio Ronald Sasson (BRA), Alessandro Ciffo (ITA)     
2016         ECC Architecture Award: Auckland University of Technology & University of Sydney (NZL-AUS), Peter Eisenman (USA), Denise Scott Brown (USA), ETH Zurich (CHE), GMP (GER), Curt Fentress (USA), Ideal Spaces Group (DEU-SWE)     
2016         ECC Design Award: Eckhard Beger (CHE), Paul Kelley (GBR), Satyendra Pakhale (IND), Karim Rashid (CAN-USA), Robert Wettstein (CHE)     
2015         ECC Art Award: Joseph Kosuth (USA), Francois Morellet (FRA), Lee Nam Lee (KOR), Yoko Ono (JPN), Gunther Uecker (DEU), herman de vries (NLD)     
2014         ECC Architecture Award: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (GBR), Ricardo Bofill (ESP), Norman Foster+Partners (GBR), The University of Houston, (USA), White arkitekter (SWE)