The RIBA's regional awards are an exciting moment in the capital's annual architecture calendar and as they are widely seen as a hint to the even more eagerly anticipated RIBA Stirling Prize, announced later in the year, we have more than one reason to feast our eyes upon this year's worthy winners.
The 33 winning projects span smaller scale work, including private houses, and large-scale developments such as the Shard by Renzo Piano and the London Aquatics Centre Zaha Hadid. 173 entries led to 64 building nominations in categories that include Commercial, Education and Community, Arts & Leisure and Housing.
The awards' special categories are a big moment during the ceremony. The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre for the London School of Economics by O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects has won the top honour of RIBA London Building of the Year. More winners include practice RCKa, awarded Emerging Architect of the Year; Caruso St John, which scooped the conservation award (in partnership with the English Heritage) for its work at the Tate Britain Millbank Project; and 6a, which picked up the Small Projects Award for its Tree House private house.
Finally, London-based practice Haworth Tompkins takes home the prestigious London Architect of the Year gong for its numerous and high quality projects in the UK capital. These have included eye-catching projects such as the Shed at the National Theatre and the Clothworkers' Centre for the Victoria and Albert Museum.