Over 120 distinguished guests gathered for the AIA UK Chapter's 21st Annual Excellence in Design Awards Gala for the 2015 AIA UK Design Awards. Taking place at the Zaha Hadid-designed Magazine Restaurant in Hyde Park's Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the awards ceremony celebrated UK-based projects by both British and non-British architecture firms, as well as international projects designed by British architects.
A Professional Winner, two Professional Commendation winners, and a Noel Hill Travel Award winner were announced. A winner was also selected for the new Young Architect Award category, which is open to young architects with design directors under 40 years old.
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"The jury selected one standout project that best exemplified excellence in design from this year’s entries. David Chipperfield Architects’ Office building Moganshan Road combines effortless details and profound elegance with simple yet highly comfortable office space amongst the rapidity of development in China. This project shows a refinement of design well worthy of the highest accolade."
Young Architect Award:
"The jury awarded the inaugural Young Architect Award to The Lee Centre by Feilden Fowles for its outstanding use of materials and interior spaces. Edmund Fowles and Fergus Feilden enthusiastically accepted the certificate and honour bestowed from the jury."
"The jury selected two outstanding designs for Commendation from the impressive bevy of professional submissions received this year, including projects from some of the top firms in the country."
Noel Hill Travel Award:
"The AIA UK chapter also recognizes future talent through the Noel Hill Student Travel Award. With the generous support of Laufen, this program awarded two students from the Mackintosh School of Architecture at The Glasgow School of Art with £1000 to support their trip to Cambodia to assist with the design and construction of a new community centre in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Ryan McGaffney and Jennifer Taggart will spend July and August with the humanitarian design organisation Orkidstudio in Cambodia, after completing a series of design workshops to finalize their design. These two students will construct the centre using local materials with assistance from the organisation, as together they educate and empower the local men and women with the tools to build, maintain and potentially construct additional structures as the community’s needs continue to grow."
The 2015 AIA UK Excellence in Design Jury: Fred Manson, ARB, OBE, Associate Director, Heatherwick Studio; Alison Brooks, BES, BArch, RIBA, Founding Director, Alison Brooks Architects; Martin Gledhill, BSc, BArch, MA, 4th Year Studio Leader and Director of Studies MArch Programme, Bath University; Ricardo Mateu, ARB, RIBA, MAMD, Co-Director, UHA London; Owen Pritchard, Technical Editor, Architects' Journal Brett Steele, AA Dipl, Hon. FRIBA, FRSA, Director, AA School of Architecture; Brianne Hamilton, AIA, AIA UK President, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
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