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RIBA Awards Special: Wales wins big

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The RIBA has recognised the growing quality of architecture in Wales by handing seven awards to projects across the country.

Among the winners are Ray Hole Architects’ Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre (AJ 16.07.09 - picturedabove), the Skypad cancer treatment unit by ORMS (AJ 04.06.09), and Chapter Arts Centre by Ash Sakula Architects (AJ 11.03.10 - pictured right).

Wales, which only won two RIBA Awards in 2009, is now only behind Scotland and London in terms of the number of institute accolades won per region for ‘architectural excellence’.

In total, 102 buildings in the UK and Europe (full list here) scooped 2010 RIBA Awards, and these projects will now go forward for consideration for this year’s Stirling Prize. Sponsored by the AJ, the Stirling Prize will be presented at the Roundhouse, London NW1, on 2 October.

Rick Mather Architects is the most successful practice in this year’s RIBA Awards, collecting four prizes, while Haworth Tompkins was awarded for a trio of buildings.

Carmody Groarke, Julian Harrap Architects, Ryder Architecture, Allies and Morrison, Reiach and Hall, BDP and Caruso St John Architects, Archial all picked up two awards each.

See all the award winners here.

RIBA president Ruth Reed said: ‘In the midst of the deepest recession in the 45-year history of the RIBA Awards, this year’s demonstrate that although times might be hard for architects, there are still great buildings being built.

‘This year I am particularly pleased to see the regions being so successful with the quality of their buildings,’ added Reed. ‘The RIBA Awards always give an opportunity for gem-like small projects and less established practices to shine through and this year is no exception.’

An Evening with the RIBA Awards: A Celebration and Review is being held at the RIBA, London W1, at 6:30pm on 8 June. Paul Finch, Jonathan Glancey and Hugh Pearman will discuss the 2010 RIBA Awards and how they reflect current British architecture. To buy tickets visit www.architecture.com


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