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Revealed: Winners of the RIBA National Awards 2015

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The AJ can reveal all 37 winners of this year’s national RIBA Awards

University buildings, houses, schools, offices and even a fishing hut have been recognised in this year’s awards.

The most successful practices were Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Duggan Morris and perennial award winners Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Each firm had two schemes recognised with national accolades.

In terms of regions, London was once again the biggest winner. Projects in the capital netted 14 of the 37 awards.  

Commenting on the winners, RIBA president Stephen Hodder said: ‘The RIBA National Awards provide a unique insight into UK construction, investment and design trends.

‘The UK is blighted by poor-quality new housing and dilapidated school buildings, so I am delighted that the notable trends amongst this year’s RIBA National Award-winners are the volume of inspiring new housing and education projects.

‘I am particularly pleased to award an unprecedented number of housing developments. The innovative spirit of these projects sets them apart from the ubiquitous, uninspiring housing developments being built all over the country. Our award winners show it is possible to build exceptional new housing developments that are profitable, sustainable and desirable places to live.

‘Well-designed school buildings have the power to inspire students and teachers. This doesn’t mean every new school needs to be a show-stopper - like Burntwood or Ashmount - but we must ensure that value for money and the best possible design go hand in hand.

He added: ‘One intriguing design trend is the use of brick, in all its hues (British, Danish), patterns and textures, as the dominant material for many of the award winners.  Brick is firmly established in the British psyche as a safe, long-lasting, familiar material. Our award winners have used bricks to great effect – whether to respond contextually, or to imbue their buildings with humanist qualities.

‘The admirable aspect shared by every one of our winners is ambition. The combination of ambitious clients, architects, local leaders and a supportive local community leads to great new buildings. All 37 of our RIBA National Award winners should provide inspiration for developers, local authorities and architects alike and will delight generations to come.’

The national winners will now go on to be considered for the Stirling Prize – the biggest prize in UK architecture. A shortlist will be announced later in the summer and the winner is set to be revealed in October.

Full list of RIBA Award winners by type


University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Building by Heneghan Peng

  • School of Architecture, Greenwich University by Heneghan Peng
  • Hult International Business School, London by Sergison Bates
  • The Union, Manchester Metropolitan University by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Engineering Building, Lancaster University by John McAslan + Partners

Read citations for the RIBA Award-winning campus buildings


National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

  • National Theatre, London by Haworth Tompkins
  • The Whitworth, Manchester by MUMA
  • Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Read citations for the RIBA Award-winning cultural buildings


Reiach and Hall Maggies

  • Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall
  • Old See House, Belfast by RPP Architects and Richard Murphy Architects

Read citations for the RIBA Award-winning healthcare buildings


Kew House by Piercy and Company London

  • Kew House, London by Piercy & Company
  • Flint House, Buckinghamshire by Skene Catling de la Peña
  • Levring House, London by Jamie Fobert Architects
  • House at Maghera, County Down by McGonigle McGrath
  • Dundon Passivhaus, Somerset by Prewett Bizley Architects
  • Sussex House, South Downs by Wilkinson King Architects
  • Cliff House, Swansea by Hyde + Hyde Architects
  • Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio, Wiltshire by Stonewood Design
  • The Fishing Hut, Hampshire by Niall McLaughlin Architects

Read citations for the RIBA Award-winning houses


St Mary of Eton Church Apartments and Community Rooms by Matthew Lloyd Architects

  • St Mary of Eton Church, London by Matthew Lloyd Architects
  • Sheffield Cathedral Gateway Project by Thomas Ford & Partners

Read citations for the RIBA-Award winning religious schemes


Brentford Lock West

  • Brentford Lock West, London by Duggan Morris Architects
  • Laurieston Transformational Area by Elder & Cannon Architects and Page\Park
  • Parkside, Derbyshire by Evans Vettori
  • NEO Bankside, London by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Darbishire Place, London by Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • West Burn Lane, St Andrews by Sutherland Hussey
  • Abode, Cambridgeshire by Proctor & Matthews

Read citations for the RIBA Award-winning residential projects


Foyles by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

  • Foyles, London by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Read a citation for the RIBA Award-winning Foyles building


Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

  • Burntwood School, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Arcadia Nursery, University of Edinburgh by Malcolm Fraser Architects
  • Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery, London by Penoyre & Prasad
  • Uppingham School Science Centre, Leicestershire by Orms
  • Alfriston School, Buckinghamshire by Duggan Morris Architects

Read citations for the RIBA Award-winning schools


The Foundry by Architecture 00

  • The Foundry, London, by Architecture 00
  • WWF Headquarters, Woking by Hopkins Architects
  • Dalmunach Distillery, Moray by Archial NORR
  • Bonhams, London by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Read citations for the RIBA Award-winning workplace schemes

RIBA National Awards judges

  • Philip Gumuchdjian Gumuchdjian Architects, chair of the awards group
  • Tony Chapman RIBA, head of awards
  • Simon Allford Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, South national jury chair
  • Julia Barfield Marks Barfield, Scotland national jury chair
  • Patrick Bellew Atelier Ten, sustainability specialist
  • Andy Bow Foster + Partners, London West national jury chair
  • Meredith Bowles Mole Architects, London South national jury chair
  • Mary Duggan Duggan Morris, West Midlands national jury chair
  • Jim Eyre Wilkinson Eyre, London East national jury chair
  • Piers Gough CZWG, London North national jury chair
  • Andrew Grant Andrew Grant Associates, landscape specialist
  • Rob Gregory Bristol Architecture Centre, Wales national jury chair
  • Marcus Lee LEEP Architects, South West national jury chair
  • Sadie Morgan dRMM, North West national jury chair
  • John Pardey John Pardey Architects, Yorkshire national jury chair
  • Greg Penoyre Penoyre & Prasad, South East national jury chair
  • Peter Rees UCL, East Midlands national jury chair
  • Michael Stacey University of Nottingham, Northern Ireland national jury chair
  • Amin Taha Amin Taha Architects, North East national jury chair
  • Paul Velleut sole practitioner, conservation specialist
  • Chantal Wilkinson Wilkinson King Architects, East national jury chair


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