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RIBA Plan of Work for Fire Safety Announced In the Wake of Grenfell and Mackintosh Disasters

12:00 - 18 September, 2018
RIBA Plan of Work for Fire Safety Announced In the Wake of Grenfell and Mackintosh Disasters, © Flickr user paulhird. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
© Flickr user paulhird. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, which claimed 72 lives, the RIBA has launched a consultation for a new “Plan of Work for Fire Safety.”

Having consistently called for changes to building regulations in the wake of the tragedy, the organization has produced the document in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, and her call for “greater transparency, accountability, and collaboration” from the industry.

This Week in Architecture: Being Recognized

06:30 - 15 September, 2018

Try as we might to inure ourselves to the opinions of others, recognition is a powerful thing. It brings with it a captive (and expectant) audience, not just of admirers but of kingmakers - or, cynically, those who see an opportunity to capitalize. For architects, this can be both a blessing and a curse. Many practices start with the motivation to pursue an idea or concept; as recognition becomes diluted to labels it becomes harder to understand what was distinguishing in the first place. This week saw the announcements of a numerous significant awards - and an interview with a practice determined to shake off the labels that come with recognition. Read on for this week’s review.

Alejandro Aravena to Receive 2018 RIBA Charles Jencks Award

07:45 - 13 September, 2018
Alejandro Aravena to Receive 2018 RIBA Charles Jencks Award, © Nina Vidic
© Nina Vidic

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena and founder of ELEMENTAL has been named the 2018 laureate of Royal Institute of British Architect's (RIBA) Charles Jencks Award. The prize is given in recognition of an individual's exceptional contributions to the field of architecture, both in built and theoretical works. Aravena will receive the prize and give a lecture at RIBA's London headquarters on 15 October.

© Iwan Baan Alejandro Aravena to Receive 2018 RIBA Charles Jencks Award © Laurian Ghintiou © Suyin Chia + 10

4 Buildings Shortlisted for the RIBA 2018 International Prize

06:30 - 12 September, 2018
4 Buildings Shortlisted for the RIBA 2018 International Prize, Il Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) / Boeri Studio. Image © Giovanni Nardi
Il Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) / Boeri Studio. Image © Giovanni Nardi

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of four finalist projects in the running for the 2018 RIBA International Prize. A biennial award open to any qualified architect in the world, the International Prize seeks to name the world’s “most inspirational and significant” building. Criteria for consideration include the demonstration of “design excellence, architectural ambition, and [delivery of] meaningful social impact.”

The inaugural prize was awarded to Grafton Architects in 2016 for their UTEC university building in Lima, Peru, described as a “modern-day Machu Picchu.”

Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Alternative Plan for Bristol Arena Site

16:00 - 24 August, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Alternative Plan for Bristol Arena Site, Temple Island Development. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Temple Island Development. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The Bristol Arena site faces yet another turn of events, as Zaha Hadid Architects and property investor Legal & General have released plans for a large housing development next to Temples Meads Station. The site is one of two proposed locations for the Bristol Arena, a project on hold for more than 15 years as Bristol City Council continues to debate its location. The proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects would include office blocks, a 345 room hotel, conference center and over 500 homes.

Bristol Arena. Image Courtesy of Bristol City Council Bristol Arena. Image Courtesy of Bristol City Council Temple Island Development. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Bristol Arena. Image Courtesy of Bristol City Council + 8

RIBA Elects New President following Controversial Campaign

12:00 - 9 August, 2018
RIBA Elects New President following Controversial Campaign, RIBA Headquarters at Portland Place, London. Image © wikmedia commons user Cmglee
RIBA Headquarters at Portland Place, London. Image © wikmedia commons user Cmglee

Members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have elected Alan Jones to be their next president, following a turbulent campaign marked by allegations of institutional racism, financial disparity, and fraud. Jones saw off competition from fellow candidates Elsie Owusu and Philip David Allsopp.

Jones, who is a Past President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, and the first RIBA president from Northern Ireland, will take over from current RIBA president Ben Derbyshire for a two-year term beginning on September 1st, 2019.

Shortlist Announced for RIBA’s 2018 Stephen Lawrence Prize

06:00 - 6 August, 2018
Old Shed New House, Yorkshire / Tonkin Liu. Image © Greg Storrar
Old Shed New House, Yorkshire / Tonkin Liu. Image © Greg Storrar

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 2018 shortlist for the Stephen Lawrence Prize, an architecture award set up in memory of a young aspiring architect who was tragically murdered in 1993. Supported and founded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, the bursary has been increased this year from £5,000 to £25,000 to mark the 25th year since Stephen’s death. The prize is intended to encourage fresh architectural talent and reward the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million.

Stephen Lawrence Prize founder Marco Goldschmied said: “We have once again been astounded by the skill, ingenuity and determination shown in each project. The shortlist ranges from new and converted housing to a moving memorial, from education to hospitality. Each project has produced outstanding architecture fit for such a long-standing award.”

The winner of the 2018 Stephen Lawrence Prize will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize party on 10 October at the Roundhouse in Camden, London.

Below are the shortlisted projects:

Belvue School Woodland Classrooms, London / Studio Weave Ltd. Image © Jim Stephenson Five Acre Barn, Suffolk / Blee Halligan. Image © Sarah Blee Red House, London / 31/44 Architects. Image © Rory Gardiner Dartmouth Park House, London / AY Architects. Image © Anthony Boulanger + 31

10 Images of Architecture Reflected in Water

12:00 - 5 August, 2018
10 Images of Architecture Reflected in Water, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

This week we have prepared a selection of photographs in which reflections in water is used as the main compositional element. In these images, the surface qualities of the water play a fundamental role in giving the composition its final effect—either acting as a perfect mirror or giving a diffuse touch. Below is a selection of 10 images from prominent photographers such as Lu Hengzhong, Yao Li, and Nico Saieh.

© Nico Saieh © Yao Li © Lu Hengzhong © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 11

AJ Student Survey Results Pose a Worrying Question: Is Architecture Becoming an Elitist Subject?

08:00 - 30 July, 2018
AJ Student Survey Results Pose a Worrying Question: Is Architecture Becoming an Elitist Subject?, © <a href='https://www.pexels.com/photo/people-coffee-meeting-team-7096/'>Startup Stock Photos</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en'>CC0 1.0</a>
© Startup Stock Photos licensed under CC0 1.0

The Architects' Journal’s 2018 student survey has revealed troublesome, though perhaps not surprising, trends within the profession. The results of the survey, drawn from nearly 500 students in the UK, suggest that the economically fortunate are more likely to succeed within a culture that promotes unsociable and unhealthy working hours.

The numbers paint a bleak picture of the architecture student lifestyle in the UK, where, including tuition fees, students are now forking out an average of £24,000 per year. 44% of respondents identified this as the largest problem for them and their peers.

So as the traditional route into the profession becomes “increasingly out of reach for many,” is it time for schools and offices to reevaluate their methods in order to maintain a diverse, accessible architecture?

Courtesy of AJ Courtesy of AJ Courtesy of AJ Courtesy of AJ + 5

2018 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Announced for UK’s Best New Building

08:05 - 19 July, 2018
2018 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Announced for UK’s Best New Building, Bloomberg, London / Foster + Partners. Image © Nigel Young
Bloomberg, London / Foster + Partners. Image © Nigel Young

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of six projects competing for the 2018 Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for architecture, given to the building “that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture in a given year.” Selected from the list of national award winners, the finalist buildings range from a highly-innovative new workplace in central London to a rammed-earth wall cemetery in Hertfordshire.

Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire / Waugh Thistleton Architects. Image © Lewis Kahn New Tate St Ives, Cornwall / Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev. Image © Nick Hufton Chadwick Hill, University of Roehampton, London / Henley Halebrown. Image © David Grandorge Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, Cambridge / MUMA. Image © Alan Williams + 30

Foster+Partners-Led Trailblazer Apprenticeships Bring Overdue Relief for Disenfranchised Architecture Students

06:30 - 19 July, 2018
Foster+Partners-Led Trailblazer Apprenticeships Bring Overdue Relief for Disenfranchised Architecture Students, Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin
Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin

Earlier this month, a “Trailblazer Group” comprising 20 leading architecture firms led by Foster + Partners announced the creation of the UK’s first Architecture Apprenticeship Standards. Supported by the RIBA, ARB (Architects Registration Board) and over a dozen UK universities, the group has structured a program which tackles the financial feasibility of an architectural education through paid apprenticeships, and addresses the disparity experienced by students transitioning between education and practice.

While doing little to alter the notorious seven-year length of the UK's accreditation process, the apprenticeship is a welcome and proactive step in reforming an education system which, on the ground, breeds an atmosphere of financial insecurity, mental health issues, and a disenchantment among students with the value of their £45,000 investment in architecture degrees.

Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin Foster + Partners will lead the Trailblazers Apprenticeships program. Image via Norman Foster Foundation Hawkins/Brown, who designed the new campus for UCL's Bartlett School, will take part in the program. Courtesy of The Bartlett School of Architecture <a href='https://www.archdaily.com/489721/lines-drawn-the-uk-architecture-students-network-discuss-the-future-of-architectural-education'>In 2014, the UK Architecture Student Network met to discuss the future of architectural education</a> Image © Vinesh Pomal / Zlatina Spasova + 6

Hawkins\Brown's London Pride Float Celebrates the "Dual Identities" of LGBT+ Architects

16:00 - 14 July, 2018
Hawkins\Brown's London Pride Float Celebrates the "Dual Identities" of LGBT+ Architects, Courtesy of Hawkins\Brown
Courtesy of Hawkins\Brown

‘A Space For All’ by Hawkins\Brown has been announced as the winner of London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and Architects LGBT+’s Pride Float Competition, the design representing architecture in Pride London 2018. Forming a crucial part of the LFA’s 2018 program, the competition was open to students, graduates, emerging practices and established offices alike, with 'exploring identity' being the brief's core theme. The winning float advocates for increased LGBT+ acceptance and presence within the construction industry, combining “the dual identities of LGBT+ and being an architect.”

RIBA Announces 2018 National Award Winners

18:00 - 11 July, 2018
RIBA Announces 2018 National Award Winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 49 winners of the 2018 RIBA National Awards. From skyline-altering buildings to sensitive small-scale sculptures, this year’s top projects showcase a wide-ranging selection of scales, featuring designs from Foster + Partners, Hawkins\Brown, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Niall McLaughlin Architects.

© Sarah Blee © Peter Landers © Jack Hobhouse © Keith Barnes + 76

61 Winners Announced for 2018 RIBA London Awards

12:32 - 17 May, 2018
61 Winners Announced for 2018 RIBA London Awards, Sunderland Road / Levitt Bernstein. Image © Tim Crocker
Sunderland Road / Levitt Bernstein. Image © Tim Crocker

From a shortlist of 93 buildings, 61 London projects have been awarded the 2018 RIBA London Awards for architectural excellence, the city's most prestigious design honor. The winners include 14 housing schemes, 8 schools, and a city farm. All of these designs will be further considered for the RIBA National Awards, to be announced in June. The winners of the national award will then create a shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize – the highest award for architecture in the UK.

RIBA Announces Winners of 2018 Awards for International Excellence

12:38 - 9 May, 2018
RIBA Announces Winners of 2018 Awards for International Excellence, A selection of the 2018 winners. Image © RIBA
A selection of the 2018 winners. Image © RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners for its 2018 Awards for International Excellence, and the 2018 International Emerging Architect. The 20 schemes were chosen from the entries for the RIBA International Prize, the winner of which will be announced in November 2018.

The 20 winners of the Awards for International Excellence hail from 16 countries, ranging from large urban infrastructure schemes, cultural destinations and educational buildings to civic spaces, private homes, and places of worship. The schemes also form a longlist for the RIBA International Prize 2018, which will be narrowed to four buildings in September 2018, and ultimately a winner in November.

Toko Gakuen School. Image © Harunori Noda BBVA Bancomer Tower. Image © Dolores Robles Children Village. Image © Leonardo Finotti Musee d'arts de Nantes. Image © Nick Hufton + 23

RIBA Announces Competition Shortlist for Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center in Sevenoaks

12:00 - 21 April, 2018
RIBA Announces Competition Shortlist for Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center in Sevenoaks, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The shortlisted schemes for the RIBA Competition to design the new Innovative Nature and Wellbeing Center, located in Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, are now on display to the public. The competition launched last October by Kent Wildlife Trust, in partnership with The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), as an open design competition "seeking worldwide architects and teams to put forward designs that promote learning, wellbeing, curiosity and nature" for a new visitor center at Sevenoaks.

93-Building Shortlist Announced for 2018 RIBA London Awards

06:00 - 2 April, 2018
93-Building Shortlist Announced for 2018 RIBA London Awards, Belvue School Woodland Classrooms / Studio Weave Ltd.. Image © Studio Weave
Belvue School Woodland Classrooms / Studio Weave Ltd.. Image © Studio Weave

Since 1996, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has hosted awards for exemplary buildings across the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. This year, 93 projects were shortlisted out of 203 entries for the 2018 RIBA London Awards; including designs by Foster + Partners, Hawkins\Brown, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, and Make Architects. Each project will be visited by one of five London juries during the month of April. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony on May 15th at the RIBA headquarters at 66 Portland Place, London.

Scroll down to see a complete list of the shortlisted architectural works.

Hackney Town Hall / Hawkins\Brown. Image © Siobhan Doran Victoria and Albert Museum Members' Room / Carmody Groarke. Image © Rory Gardiner Royal Academy of Music – The Susie Sainsbury Theatre & The Angela Burgess Recital Hall / Ian Ritchie Architects. Image © Adam Scott Chobham Manor / Haworth Tompkins. Image © Jack Hobhouse + 95

Neave Brown, RIBA Gold Medalist Winner, Sadly Passes Away Aged 88

12:00 - 11 January, 2018
Neave Brown, RIBA Gold Medalist Winner, Sadly Passes Away Aged 88, Neave Brown 2017. Image © Garath Gardner
Neave Brown 2017. Image © Garath Gardner

The celebrated modernist architect and innovator of social housing, Neave Brown, has sadly passed away following his battle with cancer.