Glasgow-based jmarchitects has scooped this year’s Executive Architect of the Year award for its collaboration with New York practice Steven Holl Architects at Maggie’s Barts in London
The firms previously worked together on the Reid Building, the new school of design at the Glasgow School of Art, which won the AJ100 Building of the Year award in 2014.
Maggie’s Barts, a building conceived as a ‘vessel within a vessel within a vessel’, opened last December. In jmarchitects’ presentation to the judges, the special nature of its collaboration with Steven Holl Architects came shining through as a partnership based on good personal relationships and trust.
On a highly sensitive and previously contentious project, jmarchitects saw itself as working for two clients: Maggie’s and the concept architect. It was able to balance the need to protect key elements of the design with some cost savings, given the relatively modest budget. And it fully understood the concept behind the design, giving delivery and the vital choice of contractor and subcontractors the most scrupulous thought.
As one judge remarked: ‘jm demonstrated real passion and understanding to ensure the very best possible results.’
- Design Delivery Unit (part of Scott Brownrigg Group)
- Veretec (part of Aukett Swanke)
- Emma Cariaga, head of operations Canada Water, British Land
- Clare Goggin, partner, Jackson Coles
- David Henderson, studio director, Glenn Howells Architects
- Jo McCafferty, director, Levitt Bernstein
- Will Hurst, managing editor, The Architects’ Journal