Peter Barber is the Soane Medal 2022 winner

The Soane Medal 2022 winner is announced as London-based architect Peter Barber

Soane Medal 2022 winner Peter Barber designed housing project in London
McGrath Road, London
(Image credit: Peter Barber Architects)

The Soane Medal 2022 winner has been announced – and it's respected London-based architect Peter Barber. The founder of Peter Barber Architects is to receive the coveted accolade of Sir John Soane’s Museum today, during a ceremony including the architect giving the annual – and fifth – Soane Medal Lecture. Barber's work in housing and urban planning is being recognised for its graceful balance of high-quality design, affordability and functionality. 

portrait of architect Peter Barber

Peter Barber in the South Drawing Room of Sir John Soane’s Museum

(Image credit: Matt Tidby © Sir John Soane’s Museum)

'I am so thrilled to have been awarded this year’s Soane Medal. To be part of such an illustrious group of winners was both a lovely surprise and an honour. Soane was an inventive architect, and I hope that we continue to build on his legacy of experimenting with classical ideas and styles. At a time of such uncertainty, it’s really great to see social housing centre stage,' says Barber. 

brick house by Soane Medal 2022 winner Peter Barber

McGrath Road, London

(Image credit: Peter Barber Architects)

This is not the first award Barber has received for his innovative approach to urban housing. The architect has accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Architects’ Journal and the RIBA Neave Brown Award for Housing 2021, and was also awarded an OBE for services to architecture last year and elected as a Royal Academician in January 2022. 

entrance to brick housing project

McGrath Road, London

(Image credit: Peter Barber Architects)

This gong was conceived to ‘encourage a better understanding of the central importance of architecture in culture and society’, say the museum’s representatives. The Soane Medal 2022 winner, Peter Barber, follows in the footsteps of inaugural Soane Medal winner Rafael Moneo (2017), Denise Scott Brown (2018), Kenneth Frampton (2019) and Marina Tabassum (2021). 

brick housing project by Soane Medal 2022 winner Peter Barber

McGrath Road, London

(Image credit: Peter Barber Architects)

'Housing is a major problem of our time. Peter has devoted his life to resolving this crisis with dedication, ingenuity and aplomb. He has designed new affordable homes where no one else could be bothered to build, reinventing historic typologies of working-class British housing. All of his work is motivated by his determination to help people to live safely, comfortably, productively and with dignity, making him a very worthy Soane Medallist,' says Alice Rawsthorn, author, design critic and member of the Soane Medal jury. 

housing by peter barber architects in London

Peckham Road, London

(Image credit: Morley von Sternberg)

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor 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) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).