Ryder, David Miller, Askew Cavanna and Curl La Tourelle Head also triumph in Thornton Education Trust awards

ZCD Architects best practice

ZCD Architects collect the ‘best built environment practice’ award at Thornton Education Trust’s Inspire Future Generations Awards

ZCD Architects, Jan Kattein Architects and Curl La Tourelle Head are among the practices collecting awards in a programme that champions work to empower young people to shape the built environment.

Thornton Education Trust’s Inspire Future Generations Awards bring together more than a dozen categories that reflect different age groups and goals. Ryder Architecture, Askew Cavanna and David Miller Architects also received recognition for projects

ZCD won the awards’ “research” category for its work on a project to make the Chingford Mount area of east London more child-friendly. It was also named “best built environment practice” for the focus it has placed on working with young people, organising workshops for hundreds of children and youths over the past four years.

Jan Kattein Architects won one of the awards’ “school collaborations” categories for its work with young people on play space in Thamesmead, south-east London.

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Young people work ZCD Architects; Chingford Mount project

Bristol-based Askew Cavanna Architects won the “one-off programme: youth” category for a project that involved young people in the co-design of a new community centre, beating AHMM, which had been shortlisted for a project related to 66 Portland Place.

Ryder Architecture won the “further education/higher education” category for its Plan Bee higher-level skills programme.

David Miller Architects picked up the “online resources” award in recognition of its Virtual Design Academy programme, which provided work experience for disadvantaged young people during the Covid lockdowns.


Jan Kattein Architects’ Thamesmead project

Curl la Tourelle Head Architects won the “diversity in action” category of the awards for its Art of Inhabitation project with young care-leavers in Newham, east London. The programme aimed to help young people move into and look after their flats, as well as teaching them how to measure rooms, draw scaled elevations, and think about materials, colours, textures and light.

Awards judge and TET trustee Neil Pinder said 2022 had been a vintage year for entries to the programme.

“Submissions this year were outstanding and show how children and young people are increasingly being given agency in their own built environment,” he said.

Inspiring Future Generations Awards winners

Long-term programme: children. Urban Learners – Sculpture in the City

One-off programme: children. House of Imagination – Forest of Imagination

Long-term programme: youth. Open City – Accelerate

One-off programme: youth. Askew Cavanna – Docklands Youth and Community Centre

Diversity in action. Curl la Tourelle Head Architects – The Art of Inhabitation

Youth community engagement. Urban Symbiotics – Swaffham Co-designed Masterplan

Research. ZCD Architects – Chingford Mount Child Friendly District

Further education/higher education programmes. Ryder Architects – Plan Bee

Online resources. David Miller Architects – Virtual Design Academy

School collaborations. Jan Kattein Architects – A Common Plan for Claridge Way

School collaborations. Architecture at the Edge - Architecture Design Lab

School collaborations. Reading Civic Society – LOOK DRAW BUILD @ Reading Station

Social value projects. Freehaus – Rising Green

Social value projects. Enfield Council – Meridian Water

Best built environment practice. ZCD Architects

Best emerging UK non-profit organisation. Build Up

Best established UK non-profit organisation. Design West

Best local authority. Greater London Authority

Best international non-profit organisation. Architectural Thinking School for Children

Individual of the year, emerging. Bonnie Kwok

Individual of the year, established. Simeon Shtebunaev