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View a selection of images from this year’s glittering Architect of the Year awards, held at the London Hilton on October 30.
Architect of the year
The finalists for BD’s Architect of the Year Awards 2008 have been announced, with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, BDP and John McAslan & Partners all gaining four nominations.
Transport has been added as a category to BD’s 2008 Architect of the Year Awards.
Architects are this week invited to submit entries to BD’s Architect of the Year Awards 2008, the only industry awards scheme that recognises the practices setting standards for others to follow rather than individual buildings.
Affordable housing is just one of the sectors where the winner of the Richard Feilden Architect of the Year Award has made a mark alongside public buildings, education and offices. This makes AHMM a hard office to ignore. Not only does it win awards, it delivers projects on time and to budget, making it popular with clients and ensuring that it has a loyal fan base.
Despite the troubled Building Schools for the Future programme, which is still to produce an award-winning building, education is a sector where some of the most talented architects are working today — reflected in the strong shortlist, which made it the most difficult category to judge.
This was a strong category and while the judges were not unanimous, they agreed that the winner had a broad range of complex and completed work, including an opera house and a library, both in Ireland.
In a sector that’s dominated by a few big practices, Hopkins’ portfolio of projects, from the commission for one of the Olympics’ legacy buildings to a small pavilion in the grounds of a stately home, made it the unanimous winner.
There are a number of different models of how to run a successful global practice but the judges thought Grimshaw had got it about right.
It is as a champion of quality architecture that Nigel Hugill was the unanimous choice for Client of the Year.
In a sector dominated by huge PFI hospital projects and specialist architects, the judges were impressed by the growing number of practices ready to tackle health buildings.
Despite being a new category this year, transport was highly competitive, with very good contenders battling it out for the main prize.
A fresh and radical approach is how one judge described FOA, which had yet to complete a building in Britain let alone a department store, when it was picked to design a flagship John Lewis store in Leicester.
A successful masterplan is the key to creating great places and, as a category, is one where the standard of entries has risen as both the public and private sectors address the need to create whole new city quarters combining large numbers of housing units with public space.
In a sector prone to the vagaries of fashion, David Archer Architects has a restrained aesthetic that the judges really enjoyed.
In this highly competitive category, ShedKM has demonstrated not only a great understanding of the office environment but how inventive working spaces can be created from seemingly redundant buildings.
There were strong contenders in this category, but the winner stood out for dealing intelligently and creatively with the once very noble art of housing ordinary lives.
The quest for high-density living coupled with soaring land prices has done few favours to this sector.
This year's winner AHMM has demonstrated it is possible to deliver affordable housing that has the same attention to detail and built quality as the private sector.