Excellence in Design Awards Gala 2019

The AIA UK Chapter's Excellence in Design Awards Gala 2019 was held on 30 April, at The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in Regent’s Park, itself a Grade-I listed building designed by Sir Denys Lasdun. Over 100 architects, their clients and guests, joined chapter members to honour practices receiving awards this year.

The jury included:

  • Sir David Adjaye, OBE - Principal & Founder of Adjaye Associates, Adam Nathaniel Furman - Artist, Designer & Writer, Teaching at Central St. Martins & runs the Saturated Space Research Group at the Architectural Association; Prof. Lilly Kudic - Head of Architecture, London South Bank University; Dr. Mark Breeze - Director of Architecture, St.John's College, Cambridge; Ellie Stathaki - Architecture Editor at Wallpaper* ; Amrita Raja - 2019 President, The American Institute of Architects UK Chapter

The Professional Award: David Chipperfield Architects, for ‘Amorepacific Headquarters’, Seoul, South Korea. The jury felt this project was porous but with a metropolitan scale, had an intimate and thoughtful experience, and though it was a very large building, the layers of materiality provide a human scale. They felt that light was brought into the spaces beautifully, it contained a very good mix of amenities, and had a visceral excitement, which is not common for an office building.

The Young Architect Award: David Leech Architects, for ‘A House in a Garden’, Dublin, Ireland. The jury summed this project as a lovely sequence of spaces, beautiful materiality, surfaces and textures on the surfaces.  


The Professional Commendations went to 4 Pancras Square, by Eric Parry Architects; House in a Garden, by Gianni Botsford Architects; The Conservation of the Painted Hall, by Hugh Broughton Architects. More here