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Manser Medal ‘house of the year’ award returns to AJ

We are delighted to announce that the Manser Medal will now be a part of the AJ programme of awards

The long-standing prize – named after the renowned British architect, former RIBA president and Royal Academician Michael Manser (1929-2016) – will partner with the AJ Architecture Awards to recognise the best completed house in the UK.

This exciting new development, supported by the Manser family, will see the AJ House of the Year category renamed The Manser Medal – AJ House of the Year.

The Manser Medal was launched in 2001 to inspire innovation in house design and began life in partnership with the AJ. The inaugural winning project was Cezary Bednarski’s 1A Merthyr Terrace in Barnes; other winners have included Mole Architects’ Black House and Skene Catling de la Pena’s Flint House in Buckinghamshire.

The late Michael Manser set up his practice Michael Manser Associates in 1961 and was well-known for his exceptional house design, with projects ranging from Capel Manor House in Horsmonden, Kent (pictured below) to The Quell in Haslemere, Surrey.

Capel manor © james o davies english heritage crop

Capel manor © james o davies english heritage crop

Source: James O Davies/English Heritage

Capel Manor

The Manser Medal – AJ House of the Year will recognise architectural excellence in a new-build or significantly extended and refurbished house. All shortlisted projects will be visited by an expert judging panel.

Jonathan Manser, Michael’s son and chief executive of The Manser Practice Architects + Designers, said: ‘We’re really pleased that the Manser Medal has found a home and partner with The Architects’ Journal.

‘This seems to us the best possible union of an award prized by young architectural practices particularly and such an established and respected architectural publication in the UK.’

AJ editor Emily Booth said: ‘Michael Manser has a significant place in the history of house design and the Manser Medal has long been synonymous with outstanding architecture. We are thrilled to be working with the Manser family to honour Michael’s memory and continue the legacy of this important prize.’

The deadline to enter this year’s Manser Medal – AJ House of the Year is 14 June with an ‘early bird’ deadline of 24 May. Click here for more information.

Previous winners

2001 - 1A Merthyr Terrace, Barnes, by Studio Bednarski
2002 -
Brooke Coombes House, west London, by Burd Haward Architects
2003 - Anderson House, Fitzrovia, London, by Jamie Fobert Architects
2004 - Black House, Cambridge, by Mole Architects
2005 - Stealth House, Southwark, London, by Robert Dye Architects
2006 - Holly Barn, Norfolk Broads, by Knox Bhavan Architects
2007 - Salt Water, Blackwater, by Alison Brooks Architects
2008 - Oxley Woods, Milton Keynes, by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
2009 - Gap House, Bayswater, London, by Pitman Tozer Architects
2010 - Hunsett Mill, Norfolk Broads National Park, by ACME
2011 - Hampstead Lane, Highgate Village, London, by Duggan Morris Architects
2012 - Maison L, Versailles, France, by Christian Pottgiesser, Architecturespossibles
2013 - Slip House, Brixton, London, by Carl Turner Architects
2014 - Stormy Castle, Gower, Wales, by Loyn & Co Architects
2015 - Flint House, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, by Skene Catling de la Pena
2016 - Outhouse, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, by Loyn & Co Architects
2017 - House in Coombe Park, Kingston, London, by Eldridge London
2018 - Red House, Southwark, London, by 31/44 Architects 

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