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Former Bartlett dean wins RIBA’s £10,000 Annie Spink Award

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Christine Hawley, who previously worked as Bartlett’s dean and head of school, has won the RIBA’s Annie Spink Award – the institute’s recognition of excellence in the teaching of architecture

The biennial award, worth £10,000, recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to the ‘advancement of architectural education’ in schools of architecture with courses validated by the RIBA.

Hawley studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture – where she later taught – and was a partner at Cook and Hawley Architects. She started working at the Bartlett in 1993, having previously been head of the University of East London School of Architecture.

Hawley said: ‘I have been lucky enough to work with some of the most creative young students in architecture for the last four decades but the act of teaching, for me, has also been about learning. Sometimes they are the teachers and I am the pupil.

‘As someone who has also been the head of two schools of architecture and the dean of the Bartlett, I have also learnt another important lesson: a creative environment is made only through people. I have collaborated with truly great teachers, so this award honours both the students and teachers I have worked with.’

Architect Herbert Spink established the award in 1974 when he bequeathed the Annie Spink Trust Fund in memory of his wife, who died in 1938.

Past recipients have included Nigel Coates, Peter Cook, Dalibor Vesely and Florian Beigel. 


RIBA president Jane Duncan: ‘Christine is a dedicated and talented teacher whose enthusiasm has helped inspire generations of young architects. She has long been a champion for excellence in architectural education throughout her career and I am delighted to see her recognised through this award.’


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  • Nathan Silver

    It's fabulous news that Christine Hawley has won the Annie Spink award for the teaching of architecture! When I was Head of the School of Architecture at NELP (now the University of East London), I head-hunted her at the AA for a job with us as Part II architecture leader. Christine helped us to hook Ron Herron, and then she succeeded me as Head when I retired.

    Christine's great judgement, brilliance as a design tutor, and enormous popularity with students has always made her an ungainsayable choice for any teaching gong that is going, and it doesn't surprise me that the Bartlett thought so too. Here's looking at you, kid!

    Nathan Silver

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