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Kyson bags sole UK place in European '40 Under 40' ranking

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An awards scheme saluting Europe’s best architecture and design talent aged under 40 has listed just one UK practitioner in its 2014 tally

Scott Kyson is the sole UK entrant in the ‘Europe 40 under 40’ ranking, compiled by the Dublin-based European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Despite its title, the listing names 54 ‘laureates’ who hail from 11 nations. This year’s roll of honour is dominated by French architects, with 34 chosen from 17 practices.

Christian K Narkiewicz-Laine, museum president of the Chicago Athenaeum, said the latest winners were ‘some of the brightest and most progressive’ architects and designers ever selected in the awards’ history.

‘Their work is highly innovative, densely imaginative, and full of a new spirit that characterises European design today,’ he said.

Kyson told AJ the practice was ‘very pleased’ to have been included in the 2014 ranking and that its selection was in recognition of ‘a body of work that has continued to evolve over the last five years’.

He added: ‘Presently, our commissions continue to match our ambition as the practice expands its portfolio in breadth and scale whilst maintaining its core principles.’

Winners submitted projects to a jury panel made up of architectural practitioners, developers, architectural journalists, educators, and critics.

They rated entires in terms of their innovation, use of the latest building technology, and ‘forward-thinking respect for green design’.

‘Europe 40 Under 40’ laureates 2014


  • Bernardo Bader of Bernardo Bader Architects (Dornbirn)


  • Johan De Wachter of Johan de Wachter Architects (Rotterdam) an 2DVW Architects (Antwerp)


  • Nina Milkova Ilieva of ADAPTations_EUS (San Francisco, CA., USA)


  • Jesper Bork of Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH (Vienna)


  • Vincent Barué of VBNB Barué Boutet Architectes Associés (Paris)
  • Nicolas Boutet of VBNB Barué Boutet Architectes Associés (Paris)
  • Gwénaël Le Chapelain of Agence a/LTA architectes - urbanistes (Rennes)
  • Maxime Le Trionnaire of Agence a/LTA architectes - urbanistes (Rennes)
  • Vincent Baur of Ateliers O-S architectes (Paris)
  • Guillaume Colboc of Ateliers O-S architectes (Paris)
  • Gaël Le Nouëne of Ateliers O-S architectes (Paris)
  • Laurent Gravier of Fres Architectes (Paris/Geneva)
  • Miguel Cornejo of Avenier-cornejo Architectes (Paris)
  • Gaston Tolila of Tolila+gilliland Atelier D’architecture (Paris)
  • Serge Joly of Joly & Loiret Agence D’architecture (Paris)
  • Paul Emmanuel Loiret of Joly & Loiret Agence D’architecture (Paris)
  • Alexandre de Muizon of RMDM architectes (Saint Ouen)
  • Brice Chapon of Parc Architectes (Paris)
  • Emeric Lambert of Parc Architectes (Paris)
  • Nicolas Chausson of Design Crew for Architecture (Paris)
  • Antoine Petit of Atelierpng Architecture (Paris)
  • Nicolas Debicki of Atelierpng Architecture (Paris)
  • Grichka Martinetti of Atelierpng Architecture (Paris)
  • Julien Rousseau of fresh architectures (Paris)
  • Benjamin Clarens of CUT architectures (Paris)
  • Yann Martin of CUT architectures (Paris)
  • Léonard Lassagne of DATA (Paris)
  • Colin Reynier of DATA (Paris)
  • Jean-François Laurent of Ajeance (Sélestat/Paris)
  • Julien Jeanroy of Ajeance (Sélestat/Paris)
  • Jean-Charles Riber of Ajeance (Sélestat/Paris)
  • Jean-Baptiste Leduc of Ajeance (Sélestat/Paris)
  • Bassam El-Okeily of Bassam El-Okeily Architect (Paris)
  • Charlotte Hubert of h2o architectes (Paris)
  • Jean-Jacques Hubert of h2o architectes (Paris)
  • Antoine Santiard of h2o architectes (Paris)
  • Elias Anastas of AAU Anastas (Paris)
  • Yousef Anastas of AAU Anastas (Paris)


  • Christian Wiese of Christian Wiese Arquitectos (Ecuador)
  • Alexander Tränkle Lightingdesign (Lindau)
  • Britta Knobel Gupta of Studio Symbiosis (Stuttgart)


  • Scott Kyson of Sudio Kyson (London)


  • Theo Reitsema of reitsema & partners architects (Rijssen)


  • Boštjan Gabrijelčič of Arhitektura d.o.o.(Ljubljana)
  • Mojca Gregorski of Modular arhitekti d.o.o. (Ljubljana)


  • María González of SOL89 (Seville)
  • Juanjo López de la Cruz of SOL89 (Seville)
  • Sara Martin Camara of Fres Architectes (Paris/Geneva)
  • Cristina Parreño Alonso of Cristina Parreño Architecture (Cambridge, MA., USA)
  • Jaime J. Ferrer Forés of Jaime J. Ferrer Forés Architects (Palma)
  • Anna Maria Bordas of bordas+peiro (Paris)
  • Paloma Hernaiz of OHLAB /oliver hernaiz architecture lab (Madrid)
  • Jaime Oliver of OHLAB /oliver hernaiz architecture lab (Madrid)


  • Alper Aytac of Aytac Architects (İstanbul)



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  • Setting up a small young practice in the uk is very restricted due to framework procurment for public ans some private work.

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