Rogers' Italian job scoops AJ/Bovis prize
The presentation of the Bovis Lend Lease/AJ awards for architecture took place at the Bovis Lend Lease/AJ Royal Academy dinner this week. Now in their 19th year, the awards are given to the best exhibits in the architecture room of the summer show. This year, the main £10,000 prize went to the Richard Rogers Partnership for its model of Centro Congressi Italia Eur Roma. The judges also decided to award two commendation prizes of £1,000 each to Philip Gumuchdjian for his model of the paper forest pavilion at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and Keith Williams for his sketches of Athlone Civic Centre.
Matthew Parkes was awarded the special £5,000 prize for the best piece of work by a first-time exhibitor for his model of 'Fog Catcher', Namibia's hydrological Centre of Excellence. The judges also commended Niall McLaughlin for his computer images of the bandstand at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Gerardo Sannella of Chapman Taylor Architects for his drawing of a Florentine Danteum.
The judges were architect academicians Richard MacCormac, Michael Manser and last year's winner Colin St John Wilson. The other judges were Bovis Lend Lease managing director John Spanswick, services consultant Tim Battle of Rybka Battle, AJ editor Isabel Allen and AJ publishing director Paul Finch.