Winners of the Architect’s Eye Photography Competition

© Simon Kennedy - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants

Since 2006, the International Art Consultants (IAC) has celebrated architects’ passion for photography through the Architect’s Eye Awards. Simon Kennedy won the Architecture and Place category this year with his image of the ‘Heygate Estate’, while Revti Halai’s photo of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion received runner-up. The Architecture and People category was won by Neil Dusheiko’s photograph of ‘Unite d’Habitation’, and Chris Drummond’s ‘Ghosts of the Underground’ received runner-up.

View the four winning photographs after the break.

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Simon Kennedy, a freelance architect and lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, won the Architecture and Place category with his image ‘Heygate Estate’ (Southwark, London). Designed by Tim Tinker, the Heygate was completed in 1974 and was once a popular place to live, the flats thought to be light and spacious, but the estate later developed a reputation for crime, poverty and dilapidation. The sheer scale of many of the blocks also meant there was little sense of community. Subjected to urban decay and now abandoned, the Heygate estate is currently being demolished to make way for 2,500 new homes

© Revti Halai - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants

The runner-up for this category, Revti Halai, a Part II Architectural Assistant at TP Bennett Architects was rewarded for her stunning shot of this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Peter Zumthor.

© Neil Dusheiko - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants

Neil Dusheiko, Director of Neil Dusheiko Architects, won the Architecture and People category with his picture of “Unite d’Habitation”, the modernist residential housing design developed by Le Corbusier. The Unite d’Habitation is a courageous architectural experiment, borne out the architect’s believe that a buildings social program can positively alter the way people live. The Unite is a utopian vision of the Garden City model for realized in an urban context.

© Chris Drummond - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants

The runner-up for this category was Chris Drummond, an architectural assistant at Grimshaw and Partners, who presented ‘Ghosts of the Underground’ which he described as “the traces that people leave on the places they inhabit through use and time.”

Commenting on the results of the competition, the Chairman of the Judges Jack Pringle (Pringle Brandon Architects and recent president of ) said: “The two winning photographs, both of modernist designs, demonstrate carefully and beautifully, the striking contrast between the vibrant success of the building and the lifeless failure of the Heygate estate.”

Along with Jack Pringle, the prestigious judging panel were formed by Keith Priest (Fletcher Priest Architects and President of the Architectural Association), Simon Allford (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris), leading photographers Grant Smith and Nick Scott (Chair of Applied and Professional Panel, Royal Photographic Society), Dr Irena Murray (Sir Banister Fletcher Director of the British Architectural Library), Amanda Baillieu (Editor of Building Design) and Alex Heath (Managing Director of International Art Consultants).

This year’s competition was sponsored by Building Design and supported by the Royal Photographic Society and RIBA Trust.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Winners of the Architect’s Eye Photography Competition" 04 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Adam Waltering

    Whenever I see old dilapidated or unused buildings I get a really nostalgic feeling. The winning photograph captured the ghostly atmosphere of the place but you can just see the people who once lived there. Very well done!

    • Luke

      RE Adam: ‘you can see the people who once lived there.’ Almost as clearly as Drummond’s photo. Among the 4 this one seems especially poignant to me.

      I definitely appreciate the ‘used’ nature of the photos, and their vision of the architect’s hopes translated to reality. In my mind, during design, an architect dreams of the success of Corbu’s Unite and dreads the possible reality of Tinker’s Heygate.

      • Adam Waltering

        I agree with what you say. My only reason for feeling a deeper reaction towards the Heygate photo is the sense of lonliness it invokes. Drummond’s photo invokes a similar feeling but you get the sense that it has been in continuous use to get that way. Knowing that the subway is still in use sort of subtracts from the effect. Use vs. disuse I suppose.
        If they were people, I’d feel sorry for Heygate and I’d feel happy for the Underground.

  • lorena

    Just love the Heygate Estate photo for the devastation feeling i get just looking at it.None of the others woke something so strong inside my soul.

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