Full list of winners from BD’s Architect of the Year Awards 2019
Jamie Fobert has been named Architect of the Year at BD’s prestigious annual awards.
The architect was presented with the Schueco Gold Award for best of the best by comedian Hugh Dennis at a ceremony at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in central London tonight.
The practice, which also scooped the award for Public Building Architect in a hotly contested category, was praised by the judges for setting a “benchmark against which everything else has to compete”.
Fobert’s entry presented four projects: the National Portrait Gallery, for which it has just won planning, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, Charleston in Sussex and the extension at Tate St Ives, which the judges dubbed a “slam dunk”.
The judges praised the forensic detail he goes into and his “tenacity in building slowly and carefully”.
“He is a single practitioner who is punching above his weight,” they said. “He beat OMA and other really big hitters to land the National Portrait Gallery.”
Other big winners included Sadie Morgan, who was named Female Architectural Leader, a brand new prize this year.
And Gatti Routh Rhodes, founded in 2013 by Richard Gatti, Tom Routh and Stefanie Rhodes, is the latest emerging practice to be crowned Young Architect of the Year, holding aloft BD’s coveted YAYA trophy.
Full list of AYA 2019 winners
Gold award: Jamie Fobert
Public Building Architect: Jamie Fobert
YAYA: Gatti Routh Rhodes
Female Architectural Leader: Sadie Morgan
Best Architect Employer: JTP (Highly commended: HLM)
Architectural Client: Norwich City Council
Housing Architect: Maccreanor Lavington (Highly commended: Peter Barber)
Education (nursery-6th form) Architect: JM Architects
Higher Education Architect: Bennetts Associates
Office Architect: Morris & Company
Sustainability Architect: Mikhail Riches
Infrastructure Architect: Moxon Architects
Retail and Leisure Architect: Universal Design Studio
Interior Architect: ConForm (Highly commended: David Kohn Architects)
Individual House Architect: Tonkin Liu
Refurbishment Architect: Haworth Tompkins
Small Project Architect: Gibson Thornley (Special commendation for Amos Goldreich’s domestic violence shelter)
Public Realm Architect: HTA Design
>> Also read: Carmody Groarke crowned Architect of the Year 2018
This year’s judges, chaired by BD’s Thomas Lane:
Andy Groarke, co-director of last year’s Gold winner Carmody Groarke
Sally Lewis, director of Stitch
Andrew Pryke, managing director of Bam Design
Alan Stanton, principal director of Stanton Williams
Mark Middleton, partner at Grimshaw
Bernadette Cunningham, director of Thornsett Group
Michael Tsoukaris, group manager of Southwark council’s design and conservation team
Mark Skelly, founding director of Skelly & Couch
Elizabeth Hopkirk, assistant editor of BD