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Revealed: Winners of the RA’s Summer Exhibition

Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects has won the £10,000 architecture prize at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, sponsored by Lend Lease and supported by the AJ

The judges combined two submissions by the practice, one for a house in Wood Lane, north London, another for a scheme in Jersey, both of which, they said, ‘elegantly described the designs […] almost without words’. The jury included AJ editor Christine Murray; Paul Finch, chair of Design Council CABE; Daniel Labbad of Lend Lease and Piers Gough, RA who curated the show with Alan Stanton, RA.

The £5,000 award for Best First Time Exhibitor was won by Judy Liebert. The artist stitched drawings by her husband, architect Julian Marsh, of their new Nottingham house (AJ 10.03.11) onto a bedcover.

Labbad, chief executive officer of EMEA, Lend Lease, said: ‘Choosing the winner of this year’s Lend Lease/Architects’ Journal Awards for Architecture was not an easy task. 

‘The submissions were diverse, impressive and a wonderful representation of both the talent and contribution made by the profession.  In recognition of this, Lend Lease is honoured to sponsor these awards.’

The show runs from 7 June to 15 August.

Shi Ling Bridge (for a site in China) model (by Millenium Models) and drawings by Tonkin Liu Architects

Highly commended: Shi Ling Bridge (for a site in China) model (by Millenium Models) and drawings by Tonkin Liu Architects

Winners in full

Overall Winner
Highlands housing scheme, Jersey and a private house, Highgate, London
by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

Winner – Best First Time Exhibitor
Dreaming A House (designed by Julian Marsh), stitched silk on cotton bedcover
by Judy Liebert

Highly commended - Overall
Shi Ling Bridge (for a site in China) and Rain Bow Gate (Burnley), model (by Millennium Models) and drawings
by Tonkin Liu Architects

Commended - Best First Time Exhibitor
Alfriston School
by Duggan Morris Architects (model by Stephen Gregory at Unit 22 Model Makers)

Commended – Best First Time Exhibitor
Acoustic Landscape and Wrocław Opera House Rooms for Music, digital print
by Darren Furniss

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