Meet the winners of the 2018 RIBA London Awards
It’s been a prolific year for London architects. The RIBA London has just announced its annual regional awards and the list of worthy winners comprises no less that 61 buildings, all located wthin various boroughs of the UK capital.
The RIBA Regional Awards – a critical step towards selecting the Stirling Prize overall winner for Best Building of 2018 later in the year – are the institute’s annual celebration of the best architecture in the country’s different regions. The winning designs are always diverse and wide ranging, spanning many different typologies and scales, from large commercial complexes, civic buildings and multi family housing, to compact single family houses and smaller installations.
This year offerings include 14 housing schemes, eight schools, a city farm (Waterloo Community Farm) and refurbished public house (The Sekforde). From the list of winners, the jury also selected a list of special awards, presenting The Sekforde by Chris Dyson Architects with the RIBA London Sustainability Award; Turner’s House by Butler Hegarty Architects with the RIBA London Conservation Award; Red House by 31/44 Architects with the RIBA London Small Project Award; Belvue School by NAME, for Belvue School Woodland Classrooms by Studio Weave with the RIBA London Client of the Year Award; Harry Paticas by Arboreal Architects with the RIBA London Project Architect of the Year Award; and Royal Academy of Music, Susie Sainsbury Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall by Ian Ritchie Architects, as well as Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter by AL_A with the RIBA London Building of the Year Award.
Acknowledging architectural excellence the RIBA’s Regional Awards are a benchmark of quality within the architectural community, and a badge of honour for the winning practices; and London is a distinct case in point in what the country’s architectural force can produce.
‘London has perhaps the highest concentration of design talent found anywhere in the world’, says RIBA London director Dian Small. ‘It is that concentration of diverse talent, skills, and exchange of ideas that makes London such an exciting and challenging place to work in the field of architecture.’