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AJ120 Awards: Client of the Year finalists revealed

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The AJ can reveal the nine architectural patrons in the running for this year’s coveted AJ120 Client of the Year Award

The client of last year’s Stirling Prize winning Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins - Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust - has made the shortlist alongside arts organisation Scottish Opera.

Other patrons to be named as finalists include developers Argent, Berkeley Group and British Land.

The full shortlist

  • Argent
  • Barratt Developments
  • Battersea Power Station
  • Berkeley Group
  • British Land
  • Clyde Gateway
  • Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust
  • Scottish Opera
  • University of the Arts London

Last year the accolade was handed to the London School of Economics in the same year the institute completed its new O’Donnell + Tuomey-designed student union building.

The AJ120 awards takes place on 3 June at The Tower of London. Click here for more information.

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  • Ben Derbyshire

    Great to see two major house builders short-listed in the AJ 120 Client of the Year category. A lot of spec housing is poor but not all of it is and it is really important to celebrate success. And we do not under estimate the significance of our own design for Barratt at Hanham Hall in Bristol being shortlisted as the only housing scheme amongst very distinguished company in the Building of the Year category.

    I have been critical of the RIBA in the past over their relentlessly negative HomeWise campaign with its unfortunately indiscriminate pejorative 'shameful shoeboxes'.

    The housing currently being developed without the benefit of input from architects represents huge upside marketing potential for architects. But we are never going to get anywhere near it as a profession in order to both improve, and profit from, its design so long as we set ourselves at loggerheads with the house builders.

    The profession does tend to leap to the default position of heaping criticism upon house builders. But I'd urge architects to stop and think before they do so next time. Consider that the man who designed the most beautiful motor car ever, the Citroen DS, grew up within the industry. Andre Lefebre would never have earned the opportunity if he had spent his life kicking car makers' shins.

    If we think we can do a better job than house builders do without architects, we should show them how.

    Ben Derbyshire
    Managing Partner HTA Design LLP
    Chair, The Housing Forum.

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