Activism award 2022 is up for grabs

The Archiboo Awards' Activism category competition has launched for 2022

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The Archiboo Award trophy
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Has your practice been spearheading change? Are you a passionate supporter of a cause and go above and beyond to make a new reality happen? The Archiboo Activism award 2022 might be just what you need to boost wider interest, morale, confidence and energy towards your chosen target in the realm of architecture and design activism

The annual Archiboo Awards were created to recognise architects’ and consultants’ use of the digital space, and the inaugural Activism category was announced last year. These industry awards as a whole were established six years ago to highlight ‘inspirational design, great storytelling, excellent user experience and the clever use of social media as part of the mix’. Now, the 2022 entry submissions have been opened and the competition launched, so let the search for this year's worthy winners begin.

Archiboo Activism Award 2022 open for entries

Committee members at paradigm network

Committee members at one of last year’s shortlisted activists, Paradigm Network

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Archiboo Awards' Activism section was designed specifically to address timely issues in the architecture field and a rise in campaigning for social awareness among architects and architecture professionals. Last year's nominees span a variety of formats and issues, from individuals to collectives and groups, and from climate change to workers’ rights and diversity. The 2021 winner, Amy Francis-Smith, was selected because of her work and voice for disabled people and the discrimination many of them face within the industry – while the shortlist also included Future Architects Front, Paradigm Network, Part W, POor Collective, and Re-Set-Go.

This year, the award is supported by internationally renowned architects and engineers – SOM and Buro Happold respectively – as well as Wallpaper*. Wolf Mangelsdorf, Buro Happold’s global head of design, technology & innovation and one of the judges, said: ‘I look forward to celebrating those that have the courage to effect change and to hear the stories of those that challenge the norm through activism.'

Regent's Park Pavilion

Regent’s Park Pavilion, a work by the POor Collective, one of last year’s nominees.

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A zine-making workshop with architecture writers collective Afterparti is one of the activities organised by last year’s nominees Re-Set-Go

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).