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AJ retains Magazine of the Year title

The AJ has become the first publication in 22 years to retain the title of International Building Press (IBP) Weekly Magazine of the Year

It is the third time in four years that the AJ, which celebrated its 120th birthday in February, has won the prestigious title.

The accolade, sponsored by Marley Eternit, was presented to the AJ at an awards ceremony held at London’s Four Seasons hotel last night (19 November).

The judges praised the magazine’s ‘verve and style’ adding that its ‘campaigning news and creative, sometimes quirky features [were] never a chore or a duty to read, but always a delight and a pleasure’.

The AJ was shortlisted in the category against Building and Construction News.

It turned out to be a highly successful night for the AJ team. Editor Rory Olcayto was again named Architecture Writer of the Year, digital editor Laura Mark picked up Multi-media Journalist of the Year and deputy editor Will Hurst ensured the AJ retained the News Reporter of the Year crown.

Olcayto had been shortlisted alongside AJ colleague Owen Pritchard and Eleanor Young of the RIBA Journal. The judges described Olcayto’s writing as ‘gripping, energetic’ and ‘fizzing with style’.

Meanwhile Hurst was praised for his in-depth news reporting of the Garden Bridge’s controversial procurement. The judges said: ‘Hurst showed a relentless determination to get to the murky bottom of a bureaucratic process that is essential to the fair operation of the public procurement process. It is vital this process is beyond reproach.’

Mark beat both Heather Spurr of Inside Housing and a joint bid by Nick Duxbury and Jess McCabe, also of Inside Housing, to win her category.

The judges were particularly impressed with her rapid response to the general election, which started with ‘real-time coverage via social media as the results came in [followed by] more detailed results throughout the day’.

The jury added: ’Overall her work demonstrated how long-form journalism can be made to work online’. 

The AJ won four out of the five awards it was shortlisted for:

ARCHITECTURE WRITER OF THE YEAR [WINNER]
Rory Olcayto, The Architects’ Journal
(Owen Pritchard, The Architects’ Journal was also shortlisted)

NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR [WINNER]
Will Hurst, The Architects’ Journal

MAGAZINE (WEEKLY) OF THE YEAR [WINNER]
The Architects’ Journal

MULTI-MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR [WINNER]
Laura Mark, The Architects’ Journal

DIGITAL SERVICE OF THE YEAR [NOMINATED]
Ella Mackinnon, The Architects’ Journal

Readers' comments (3)

  • Good news for the AJ; good news for the profession. An inspirational and informative weekly journal makes a great contribution to improving architects and architecture.

    Roger FitzGerald
    Chair
    ADP

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  • Congratulations Rory, Will and Laura. Enjoyed also this Glasgow Edinburgh edition. Excellent.

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  • keep on printing!

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