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Architype named greenest practice in AJ120

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Architype has picked up the AJ120 Sustainable Practice of the Year Award

This award goes to the practice with an outstanding commitment to sustainable design, as demonstrated by exemplar buildings, as well as industry-leading research and engagement.

At the outset of the judging session for this category, a question mark hung over the repetitive nature of Architype’s buildings with its compact boxy forms for thermal efficiency. But Architype’s 2014 sustainable achievements made it a standout winner.

The practice’s relentless pursuit of pragmatic innovation and continual learning from past projects have enabled it to deliver what director Jonathan Hines terms ‘credible sustainability’ at no additional cost.

The judges observed that while Architype excels at a repetitive systems-based approach, the practice is ‘finessing its architectural language’ with the completion of the Hereford Archives in 2014, its Archihaus development arm pioneering an alternative future for sustainable housing, and its thatch-clad Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia completing this month.

The firm aims to guarantee performance on its buildings by 2020. Sheppard Robson’s proactive industry engagement was also recognised by the jury.

The shortlist in full

  • Architype
  • Arup Associates
  • Haworth Tompkins
  • Page\Park
  • PLP Architecture
  • Sheppard Robson

The judges

  • Marion Baeli, partner, Paul Davis + Partners (now PDP London)
  • Meredith Bowles, director, Mole
  • Hattie Hartman, AJ sustainability editor
  • Carl Turner, director, Carl Turner Architects
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