Serpentine Galleries director Julia Peyton-Jones has been awarded the Architectural Review’s 2016 Ada Huxtable Prize
Peyton-Jones was hailed by the judges as ‘someone who has done so much to nurture architectural vision’ and was praised for making ‘architecture available to many people’.
The lifetime achievement award, which was launched last year, recognises non-architects who have made a significant contribution to the architectural profession.
The 64-year-old has been director of the Serpentine Galleries since 1991, establishing the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion programme and overseeing Zaha Hadid Architects’ £14.5 million conversion of the Grade II-listed Magazine store into the new Sackler Gallery.
But Peyton-Jones – an art curator who studied at the RCA and lectured in fine art before joining the Kensington Gardens-based gallery - is set to step down from her role at the gallery after 25 years at the arts organisation. Her ‘supersized’ swansong this summer features a main pavilion drawn up by Danish practice BIG together with four separate pop-up ‘summer houses’ - including one designed by Asif Khan.
Last year the Ada Huxtable Prize was handed to 85-year-old ‘straight-talking’ and ‘visionary’ client and architectural patron Jane Priestman.
Serpentine Pavilion (2000) by Zaha Hadid Architects
Julia Peyton-Jones’ career
1988 Became curator at the Hayward Gallery
1991 Became director of the Serpentine Galleries
1998 Oversaw a major refurbishment of the Serpentine Gallery by John Miller + Partners
2000 Opened the first Serpentine Pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid
2003 Recognised with an OBE for services to art
2013 Oversaw the completion of the Zaha Hadid Architects’ conversion of the Grade II-listed Magazine store into the new Sackler Gallery
2014 Recognised with the AJ100 Contribution to the Profession Award
2015 Announced her plans to step down as director of the Serpentine Pavilion