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Grimshaw and James Carpenter win AJ120 Architectural Collaboration Award

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Grimshaw Architects and James Carpenter Design Associates have won the inaugural award for architectural collaboration

In current practice, almost every project is the result of collaboration. But what makes an award winner is a clear sense of what each party contributed to the process and the resulting ‘heroic output’.

The standout winner was Grimshaw’s work with light artist James Carpenter on the Fulton Center in New York.

At the heart of the project for the client Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a grand new civic atrium highlighted by an integrated artwork, Sky Reflector-Net.

The artwork is crucial to the overall concept for the building, delivering light deep into the station. The judges said, ‘It is exactly the sort of collaboration you want. There is strength and authority here.’

The team saw of competition from seven other collaborative teams to win the Griffiths and Armour-sponsored award which was launched to celebrate a successful collaboration between a practice and another firm in 2014.

The shortlist

  • AWW inspired environments with Skanska Construction
  • Darling Associates with Patel Taylor
  • Grimshaw Architects with James Carpenter Design Associates
  • Hawkins\Brown with Studio Egret West
  • HTA Design with Hawkins\Brown and Mae
  • John Thompson & Partners with Robert Davies at Arendon Development Company
  • Levitt Bernstein with Proctor & Matthews and Cullinan Studio


  • Emily Booth, AJ special projects editor
  • Shankari Edgar, founder/architect, Nudge Group
  • Sarah Gaventa, founder, Made Public and director of archiboo
  • Roger Zogolovitch, chairman/creative director, Solidspace


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