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RIBA Announces 2022 London Awards Winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winning projects for the 2022 RIBA London architecture awards. The list of 42 buildings includes projects ranging from a sustainable council housing development to a cookery school for children, showcasing the best architectural interventions in London over the past two years. The projects were selected by a regional jury, who visited all 66 shortlisted projects. RIBA London Award winners will now be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June.

The Library House, Macdonald Wright Architects. Image © Heiko PriggeBreakers Place, Nottingdale. Image © Rob ParrishVictoria House, Bloomsbury. Image © St†le EriksenWoods Quay. Image © Richard Oxford+ 43

Ukraine's Refugee Crisis Worsens and the Profession Mobilizes in Support of Ukrainian Architects and Designers

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On February 24th, 2022, Russia launched the invasion of Ukraine, triggering the largest and most rapidly unfolding refugee crisis in modern-day Europe. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), nearly 6.5 million people were displaced within Ukraine, and 3.4 million fled across international borders into neighboring countries since the onset of the war. The humanitarian crisis united the world in protest against the military violence targeting civilians and triggered an unprecedented global response in support of the aid efforts. The architecture community has also rallied in support of Ukraine, condemning the war, halting work in Russia, and supporting Ukrainian creative professionals by hiring their services.

Photo by Andriyko Podilnyk on Unsplash . ImageLviv © Shutterstock. ImageKiev, Ukraine / Statue of Berehynia on the top of Independence Monument on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti. . Image © Shutterstock. ImageKYIV, UKRAINE - February 25, 2022: Subway station serves as a shelter for thousands of people during a rocket and bomb attack. © Shutterstock. ImageHungary-Beregsurany February 26 .2022. Ukrainian families flee the war across the Hungarian border+ 5

RIBA Reveals Shortlisted Projects for London Awards

100 Liverpool Street  by Hopkins Architects . Image © Janie Airey
100 Liverpool Street by Hopkins Architects . Image © Janie Airey

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlisted projects for the 2022 RIBA London architecture awards. The list of 68 buildings includes projects ranging from individual houses to schools and office towers in the city centre, showcasing the best architectural interventions in London over the past two years. All designs will be assessed by a regional jury, and the winning projects will be announced later this spring. Subsequently, Regional Award winners will be considered for the RIBA National Award.

Pinnacle House, Royal Wharf by Mae Architects . Image © Rory GardinerBunhill 2 Energy Centre by Cullinan Studio . Image © Paul Raftery100 Bishopsgate, Allies and Morrison . Image © Jason HawkesMountain View by CAN . Image © Jim Stephenson+ 70

RIBA Reveals 22 Projects Shortlisted for the 2022 RIBA East Architecture Awards

Friars, St Ives by Mole Architects. Image © David Butler
Friars, St Ives by Mole Architects. Image © David Butler

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlisted projects for the 2022 RIBA East architecture awards. The list of 22 buildings includes projects ranging from a small copper-clad home extension in Cambridge to a new youth and participation space at the Wolsey Theatre. All designs will be assessed by a regional jury, and the winning projects will be announced later this spring. Subsequently, Regional Award winners will be considered for the RIBA National Award.

Copper House, Cambridge by Butcher Bayley Architects. Image © Matthew SmithEly Museum by HAT Projects. Image © Philip VileMagdalene College Library, Cambridge by Niall McLaughlin Architects. Image © Nick KaneBlueSky Barn, Norfolk by 31/44 Architects & Taylor Made Space. Image © Nick Dearden+ 23

RIBA Releases Film That Educates Young Students on Climate Change and the Built Environment

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) released a short educational film meant to teach young students aged 13 to 16 about the relationship between climate change and the built environment, exploring notions of sustainable design. The film introduces concepts such as embodied carbon, brownfield, green infrastructure, sustainable mobility and explains ideas such as adaptive reuse, retrofit, and the use of local materials. The scope of this learning resource is to empower young people to think creatively about how to address the climate crisis through design, helping raise a generation well versed in sustainability principles.

RIBA Announces Winners of 2021 President’s Medal and Awards for Research

As Found Houses: Experiments from Self-builders in Rural China . Image Courtesy of RIBA
As Found Houses: Experiments from Self-builders in Rural China . Image Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2021 President's Medal and Awards for Research, highlighting the best research concerning architecture and the built environment. The President's Medal was awarded to John Lin and Sony Devabhaktuni from the University of Hong Kong for their research project As Found Houses, which explores vernacular practices in rural China. Two more awards were granted to the development of an ethics guide for architectural practitioners and a study of thin-tile vaulting in Cuba.

Will I Cause Harm?: Practising Ethics Guides for Built Environment Research . Image Courtesy of RIBAWill I Cause Harm?: Practising Ethics Guides for Built Environment Research . Image Courtesy of RIBABeyond the National Art Schools: Thin-Tile Vaulting in Cuba after the Revolution . Image Courtesy of RIBAStuff and Space in the Home: Space for Storage as the forgotten design and well-being dimension in standardised housing, . Image Courtesy of RIBA+ 5

A Hospital in Bangladesh Wins RIBA International Prize 2021

© Asif Salman
© Asif Salman

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Friendship Hospital in Bangladesh, designed by Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA as the winner of the 2021 RIBA International Prize, the biennial award highlighting worldwide projects that "demonstrate design excellence and social impact". The remote community hospital set within a riverine landscape translates the site's conditions prone to flooding into the central theme of the design, crafting a serene environment around the water element. The jury commended the project's thoughtful and innovative design within a modest budget, its use of local craftsmanship, and its climate-resilient response.

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The Second Studio Podcast: Interview with Steven Ehrlich

The Second Studio (formerly The Midnight Charette) is an explicit podcast about design, architecture, and the everyday. Hosted by Architects David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet, it features different creative professionals in unscripted conversations that allow for thoughtful takes and personal discussions.

A variety of subjects are covered with honesty and humor: some episodes are interviews, while others are tips for fellow designers, reviews of buildings and other projects, or casual explorations of everyday life and design. The Second Studio is also available on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.

This week David and Marina are joined by Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, RIBA and Founding Partner of Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects to discuss his working as an architect for the Peace Corps in Morocco, his architecture office in Los Angeles, Julius Shulman, his work, current challenges in the profession, and more.

Spectral Bridge House. Image © Matthew Millman PhotographySpectral Bridge House. Image © Matthew Millman PhotographySpectral Bridge House. Image © Matthew Millman PhotographySpectral Bridge House. Image © Matthew Millman Photography+ 9

Balkrishna Doshi Awarded 2022 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced that Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi will be the recipient of the 2022 Royal Gold Medal. The distinction, approved by Her Majesty The Queen and awarded each year since 1848, is given to architects or practices in recognition of a lifetime’s work and the impact on the evolution of the field and the built environment. With a career spanning over six decades, Balkrishna Doshi has had a paramount influence in shaping the architecture of India through a pioneering interplay of modernism and vernacular that translated into projects that celebrate local culture, context and craft.

Aranya Low Cost Housing, Indore, India, Photographer John Panicker . Image © Vastushilpa FoundationIndian Institute of Management Campus, Bangalore, India. Photography by Vinay Panjwani . Image © Vastushilpa FoundationSangath, Architect’s Studio, Ahmedabad, India. Image © Vastushilpa FoundationTagore Hall, Ahmedabad, taken in 1967. Image © Vastushilpa Foundation+ 6

Alison Brooks Architects' House on the Hill is the 2021 RIBA House of the Year

© Paul Riddle
© Paul Riddle

The RIBA House of the Year Award, which highlights the best new architect-designed house in the UK, was given this year to House on the Hill, designed by Alison Brooks Architects. Located in Gloucestershire, the house represents a contemporary extension to an 18th-century farmhouse that functions both as a home and repository of art. Over ten years in the making, the project creates a rich spatial experience while establishing a strong connection between the dwelling and the landscape. The jury commended the house for the “amalgam of architecture, landscape, inhabitation and art” that aptly manages to create a light and calm atmosphere.

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RIBA Announces Winners of 2021 President’s Medals Highlighting World’s Best Architecture Student Projects

Reclaiming Playtime by Nicholas Honey and Robert Thackeray (Newcastle University)  . Image Courtesy of RIBA
Reclaiming Playtime by Nicholas Honey and Robert Thackeray (Newcastle University) . Image Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the 2021 President’s Medals, recognizing the world’s best architecture student projects and dissertations.  The award, now at its 185th edition, represents a record of academic results, providing a comprehensive image of contemporary architectural preoccupations. This year’s edition saw the greatest number of entries in the history of the award, with 338 entries nominated by 102 schools of architecture from 31 countries.

The Dalston Hub: A Vertical Market  by Elliott Afoke. Image Courtesy of RIBAA Culture of Craft: West Africa UNObjectified / Richard Adetokunbo Aina (Architectural Association). Image Courtesy of RIBAA Culture of Craft: West Africa UNObjectified / Richard Adetokunbo Aina (Architectural Association). Image Courtesy of RIBASeeding Swanscombe Marshes by Ben Foulkes (The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL)). Image Courtesy of RIBA+ 10

RIBA Adds Two New Projects to the 2021 House of the Year Shortlist

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has added two new projects to its shortlist for the 2021 International Prize, a prestigious biennial award that celebrates the world’s best new projects that “champion buildings that change the world and positively impact the community around them". The jury has previously selected two buildings, and will complete the full list of 16 projects from 11 countries in the upcoming weeks. The winning project will be announced on Thursday 2nd December.

House for Theo and Oscar. Image Courtesy of RIBAHouse for Theo and Oscar. Image Courtesy of RIBAThe Slot House. Image Courtesy of RIBAThe Slot House. Image Courtesy of RIBA+ 5

RIBA Announces First Two Projects Shortlisted for 2021 House of the Year

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the first two shortlisted projects for the 2021 House of the Year, an annual award that honors the best new architect-designed house or extension in the United Kingdom. The following two projects will be announced on November 24th, and the complete shortlist will be announced on December 8th, 2021, on UK's Channel 4.

The Water Tower. Image Courtesy of RIBAThe Water Tower. Image Courtesy of RIBAHouse on the Hill. Image Courtesy of RIBAThe Water Tower. Image Courtesy of RIBA+ 7

RIBA Announces 2021 International Prize Shortlist

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced its shortlist for the 2021 International Prize, a prestigious biennial award that celebrates the world’s best new projects that “champion buildings that change the world and positively impact the community around them". The jury has selected three projects from a list of 16 projects in 11 countries, and will announce the winner on Thursday 2nd December.

James-Simon-Galerie / David Chipperfield Architects (Berlin, Germany). Image © Simon MengesLille Langebro / WilkinsonEyre + Urban Agency (Copenhagen, Denmark). Image © Rasmus HjortshøjFriendship Hospital, Satkhira / Kashef Chowdhury-URBANA (Shyamnagar, Bangladesh). Image Courtesy of URBANAJames-Simon-Galerie / David Chipperfield Architects (Berlin, Germany). Image © Simon Menges+ 13

RIBA Announces Longlist of UK's 2021 House of the Year Awards

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced its longlist of best new homes in the United Kingdom for the year 2021. The jury, which includes Architect and Chair Amin Taha, Co-founder of Ash Sakula Architects Cany Ash, and RIBA House of the Year 2019 winner Kieran McGonigle, have selected 20 newly-built houses or extensions that feature imaginative and innovative residential typologies that cater to the environment and their users.

The Water Tower (Norfolk) by Tonkin Liu . Image Courtesy of RIBARiver House (Berkshire) by John Pardey Architects . Image Courtesy of RIBAThe Modern Oast (Kent) by ACME . Image Courtesy of RIBADevon Passivhaus (Devon) by McLean Quinlan . Image Courtesy of RIBA+ 21

Tonkin Liu's Water Tower wins RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awarded the 2021 Stephen Lawrence Prize to Tonkin Liu’s Water Tower, an adaptive reuse project which converts a disused industrial structure in the countryside into a residential space. The design has a strong attitude towards material recycling, retaining much of the original structure while creating adaptable interiors. The utilitarian aesthetic blends with a creative re-engineering of the project, showcasing an architectural approach in tune with contemporary sustainability values.

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Kingston University Town House Designed by Grafton Architects Wins 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced Kingston University London Town House designed by Grafton Architects as the 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize winner. The distinction recognizes the projects’ progressive approach to the educational program, crafting a democratic, open space that fosters appropriation and social cohesion. The design resulting from a 2013 RIBA Competition is the Pritzker laureates Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara’s first project in the UK.

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