Young Architect of the Year Award Shortlist Announced

  • 10 Oct 2013
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Ferreries Cultural Centre by [ARQUITECTURIA]. Image © Pedro Pegenaute

This week the shortlist for this year’s Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA) was announced. The , organized by BD and now in its 15th year, has become a high-profile springboard for many practices led by architects under 40.

For the first time, this year the award is open to architects from outside the UK, allowing any practice based in the EU a chance to apply. The shortlist reflects this new opportunity, featuring practices from Belgium and Spain among the list of five.

The 2013 YAYA Shortlist includes:

Jerwood Gallery by Hat Projects. Image © Loana Marinescu

HAT Projects

HAT Projects work at a range of scales, from individual arts and community buildings to urban mapping and planning. Founded by Tom Grieve and Hana Loftus, their Jerwood Gallery in Hastings won a RIBA Award earlier this year.

Museum of Energy by ‘[ARQUITECTURIA

Based in Girona near Barcelona, Josep Camps and Olga Felip’s practice [ARQUITECTURIA] has produced designs such as the Ferreries Cultural Centre and the Museum of Energy.

Paleys upon Pilers by Studio Weave. Via Flickr CC. Image © Mike Freedman

Studio Weave

Maria Smith and Je Ahn founded Studio Weave in 2006 and have already gone on to realize 25 built works. Their approach combines craftsmanship with a sense of playfulness.

De Steen by ONO Architectuur. Image © Filip Dujardin

ONO Architectuur

The Belgium-based ONO Architectuur was founded by Gert Somers and Jonas Lindekens after winning a competition for De Steen, a multifunctional building in Bocholt.

Open Eye Gallery by RCKa. Via Flickr CC. Image © Robin Parker


RCKa have appeared on the YAYA shortlist before in 2011, however this time the practice led by Tim Riley, Russell Curtis and Dieter Kleiner returns with more projects under its belt, such as the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool (pictured).

Cite: Stott, Rory. "Young Architect of the Year Award Shortlist Announced" 10 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Mariano Managò

    I love the grown up design of RCKa… real good architecture, consequent design – they should win!

  • Sitong

    I like the HAT project, the design is very neat