This week the shortlist for this year's Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA) was announced. The YAYA, 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:
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.
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.
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.
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).