In the first of our series celebrating BD’s Architect of the Year finalists, we look at the housing shortlist

Last week BD announced all the architects who made it on to the shortlists for our prestigious annual Architect of the Year Awards.

This week we begin a series spotlighting each category in turn and publishing a selection of the images that impressed the judges.

Today’s shortlist is Housing Architect of the Year Award


Bell Phillips Architects

Bell Phillips Architects’ submission includes two of the latest in its series of projects for Thurrock Council. St Chad’s delivered 128 new affordable and market-rate homes in a brownfield redevelopment on the edge of Tilbury while Bracelet Close creates three- and two-storey houses on a former garage site. In London, the community-led Marklake Court project will create 27 much-needed affordable homes just south of London Bridge.

Haworth Tompkins

Haworth Tompkins’ entry includes two projects for Peabody. The £21m regeneration of the edge of Silchester Estate at Latimer Road delivers a tenure-blind scheme with 75% affordable housing while the practice is delivering 336 units within the mixed-use Fish Island Village at Hackney Wick. The submission also includes its completed £22m mansion blocks at Chobham Manor on Olympic Park Avenue as well as regeneration proposals for Abbeyfield Estate in Southwark.

Henley Halebrown

The practice is currently delivering around 1,000 homes across London including the ongoing 20 storey Edith Summerskill House in Hammersmith, which aims to create social housing with a civic quality. Completed projects include the first phase of King’s Crescent in Stoke Newington, where Henley Halebrown designed 88 new homes and refurbished a further 101. Its entry also includes the £12.6m Chadwick Hall student housing for the University of Roehampton.

Karakusevic Carson Architects

Karakusevic Carson Architects is dedicated to raising standards in social housing design. Its entry features four local authority-led projects including Dujardin Mews, part of the first social housing to be built by the London Borough of Enfield for 40 years. Three Hackney projects include the £60m King’s Crescent Estate redevelopment in Stoke Newington (in collaboration with Henley Halebrown) and the ongoing Colville Estate redevelopment.

Maccreanor Lavington

Maccreanor Lavington last year completed eight UK housing projects totalling over 1,600 new homes. Three of these feature in its entry: a new waterside community at Royal Albert Wharf in East Beckton, the 360-home South Gardens development at Elephant and Castle, and Ryle Yard, the first-completed phase of the North West Cambridge Development. The practice is also delivering 336 homes in the St George’s Circus development at Blackfriars in London.


Mæ describes itself as “disruptive” with a “restless nature” in its quest to design more inspirational homes and neighbourhoods. Its entry features four London projects including new homes on Camden’s Regent’s Park Estate to replace those making way for HS2 and the £69m Strand East R2 development in Stratford, where it seeks to create a high-quality new neighbourhood on a mid-rise, human scale.

Mikhail Riches

Mikhail Riches has concentrated on housing design since its formation in 2014. This year it starts on site with 10 newly consented projects including the second phase of the Park Hill regeneration for Urban Splash and 39 new homes on the River Exe in Tiverton for West Devon Council. Completions will include the 100% social housing Goldsmith Street, a development of 105 Passivhaus-certified homes for Norwich City Council.


pH+ enjoys the challenge of combining commercial and residential uses on dense urban sites, as demonstrated by the four mixed-use developments in its entry. These include Pinnacle N10, which created 34 new homes and commercial units on a sloping site in Muswell Hill, and the 455sq m Bayford Mews redevelopment in Hackney. Ongoing projects include Campfield Road, a £16m development in St Albans.

 The awards will be held at Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge in central London on April 18. Book your place here