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Rory Olcayto crowned Architecture Writer of the Year

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AJ deputy editor Rory Olcayto has been named IBP Architecture Writer of the Year

The AJ Buildings Library was also highly commended at the annual International Building Press (IBP) awards which took place last night in Chelsea Football Club, London.

He beat shortlisted rivals Eleanor Young of RIBA Journal and Architects’ Journal’s Steve Parnell to bag the coveted gong which came with a £500 prize.

The judges said his submitted pieces were ‘very readable and revealed interesting insights’ adding that Olcayto ‘regularly delivers strong articles for his magazine.’

The win came exactly 12 months after Olcayto was named IBP Features Writer of the Year.

Meanwhile the AJ Buildings Library was highly commended in the Website of the Year category. The judges described it as a ‘valuable, new and unique resource aimed at architects’ and a ‘great compliment to the existing website.’

The AJ’s sister title Architectural Review was named Non-Weekly Magazine of the Year.

The AJ received a total four nominations to the awards which recognise high quality built environment journalism.

AJ news reporter Merlin Fulcher was shortlisted in the Young Journalist of the Year category for the second year running. The judges said: ‘His exclusive stating there were still projects available to architects on the Olympic site must have been welcome news to his readers.’

Earlier this year, AJ editor Christine Murray was shortlisted in the Business & Professional Magazines category of the highly prestigious British Society of Magazine Editor’s annual awards.

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