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.

The winner, Penoyre & Prasad, impressed the judges with its work across the sector, from a new school in Dubai to a centre for autism education completed this year in north London. The judges admired its use of strong brick forms, its understanding of environmental issues, and its carefully researched design, which has produced impressive, well thought-out spaces, where as much attention has been given to back of house as to the teaching areas.

The result is buildings that display a genuine concern for young people and the educational experience.

Penoyre & Prasad’s Minster School near Nottingham.
Penoyre & Prasad’s Minster School near Nottingham.


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