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Nigel Coates wins RIBA education award

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Coates named as the winner of the 2012 RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education

Nigel Coates has been awarded this year’s RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education.

The award is open to anyone who has made a significant contribution to architectural education over their lifetime.

Coates began his teaching career in 1978 when he took over from his former tutor, Bernard Tschumi in teaching on the diploma course at the Architectural Association. It was there that he introduced ‘Transavantgarde’ art techniques to challenge the conventions of architectural representation.

Nigel Coates became head of architecture at the Royal College of Art in 1995, where he taught until 2011.

David Gloster, director of education at the RIBA said: ‘Professor Nigel Coates has received the 2012 RIBA Annie Spink Award in recognition of his sustained impact on architectural education for over three decades. Not only in his early years at the Architectural Association did he inspire many of his own students, but he pioneered a distinctive culture and pedagogy at the Royal College of Art that influenced many more indirectly through its wider influence on the landscape of British architectural education.’


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