Best of the summer season
The presentation of the Bovis Lend Lease/AJ awards for architecture took place at the Bovis Lend Lease/ Royal Academy dinner last week.
Ronald Coleman, former deputy secretary of the Royal Fine Art Commission and now consultant to top architects and developers, delivered the keynote speech on tall buildings.
Now in their 21st year, the awards are given to the best exhibits in the architecture room of the Royal Academy's summer show.This year the main £10,000 prize went to Will Alsop for his 3m by 4m model of the Barnsley Masterplan.
Alsop broke with tradition (and possibly set a precedent) by inviting modelmaker Christian Spencer-Davies of A Models to join him on stage to receive the award. The judges also highly commended Michael Hopkins and Partners'model of offshore residences in Dubai and a drawing by Pete Hull celebrating Richard MacCormac's buildings.
Neil Wenman, a PhD student in architectural theory at the Bartlett, was awarded the special £5,000 prize for the best piece of work by a firsttime exhibitor for a collage/ink drawing entitled 'No Man's Land', with a high commendation going to Jan Kattein for his model of an electricity-generating bridge designed for Kai Tak City.
The judges were Edward Cullinan, Paul Finch, Richard Portchmouth, John Spanswick of Bovis and the AJ's Ruth Slavid.
All the prize-winning projects were published in AJ 5.6.03.