September 26 - An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi (constructed 1228-1253) to collapse.
American Air Museum at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, England, designed by Foster and Partners, is officially opened (Stirling Prize 1998).
British Library in London, designed by Colin St John Wilson, opens.
Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, designed by Foster and Partners, is completed.
Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt, designed by Norman Foster, is completed and becomes the tallest building in the European Union (1997-2012).
The Sky Tower (Auckland) in New Zealand, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere at 328 m (1,076 ft), designed by Craig Craig Moller Ltd, opens on March 3.
Getty Center in Los Angeles, designed by Richard Meier.
Shakespeare's Globe in London, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan Globe Theatre, is officially opened.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, opens to the public.
Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, designed by César Pelli, are completed, constituting the world's tallest building until 2003.
Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel, Switzerland, designed by Renzo Piano, is opened.
Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, designed by Peter Zumthor, is opened.
Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia is completed.
WoZoCo housing in Amsterdam, designed by Jacob and Nathalie de Vries and Winy Maas of MVRDV, is completed.
AIA Gold Medal - Richard Meier.
Architecture Firm Award - R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects.
Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate – Richard Meier.
Pritzker Prize - Sverre Fehn.
Prix de l'Académie d'Architecture de France - Imre Makovecz.
Prix de l'Équerre d'Argent - Jean-Marc Ibos and Myrto Vitart.
RAIA Gold Medal - Roy Simpson.
Royal Gold Medal - Tadao Ando.
Stirling Prize - Michael Wilford, Stuttgart Music School.
Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture – Jaime Lerner.
Twenty-five Year Award - Phillips Exeter Academy Library
August 8 - Paul Rudolph (born 1918)
September 4 - Aldo Rossi (born 1931)
1997 in architecture Wikipedia
The year 1997 in architecture involved some significant events.