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Ryder-led training scheme named AJ100 Collaboration of the Year

Awards aj100 201810
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This year’s winner is an interdisciplinary collaboration creating new ways into the industry for youngsters in the North East

PlanBEE (Built Environment Education), led by Ryder Architecture, is a philanthropic partnership between architect practices, engineers and project managers to deliver an earn-as-you-learn initiative backed by Gateshead College. 

Collaborating with Ryder are Gateshead College, Gateshead Council, Arup, Brims Construction, Cundall, FaulknerBrowns, Sir Robert McAlpine, Tolent, 3e and xsite architecture.

In the words of the practice, the bespoke programme is a ‘completely new way of recruiting and training young people for an exciting and rewarding career in the architectural professions’. 

Ryder has created a proactive model for collaboration that could be rolled out around the country

The judges said: ‘PlanBEE demonstrates collaboration on so many levels. It bridges between inside and outside the industry – filling an education gap, improving access to the profession and enthusing young people to become pan-industry collaborators themselves. 

‘Ryder, through its philanthropy in the North East, has created a proactive model for institution collaboration that could be rolled out in other regions around the country. Its impact could be so much bigger than this one project.’ 

Planbee construction week

The jury also gave a highly commended award to MICA Architects with Eley Kishimoto, which have worked together on schemes at Centre Point in London and an innovative submission for the new cultural quarter on the Olympic Park. 

The jury said: ‘The collaboration has clearly awoken something both in the architect and the artist, both of whom are trying to push boundaries. What has been conceived goes beyond the physical and the visible to a full sensory experience. Although the bid for the Olympicopolis did not succeed, the collaboration clearly remains alive, the fruits of which will be exciting to see in the future.’

Highly commended 

  • MICA Architects with Eley Kishimoto (for White Lion House at Centre Point and Olympicopolis bid)


  • Allies and Morrison, Arup and AECOM with John McAslan + Partners, Mossessian Architecture, Adjaye Associates, Eric Parry Architects, Squire and Partners, Gensler, HOK, Mangera Yvars and Burton Studio (for Msheireb Downtown, Doha)
  • BDP, Allies and Morrison, Dixon Jones, Glenn Howells Architects and Panter Hudspith (for Westgate Oxford)
  • Purcell with Jamie Fobert Architects (for National Portrait Gallery refurbishment)


  • Wolfgang Buttress, artist
  • Sarah Gaventa, director, Illuminated River Foundation
  • Kirsten Lees, managing partner London, Grimshaw
  • Peter Morris, director, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Rob Partridge, director, AKT II
  • Richard Waite, news editor, The Architects’ Journal 
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