Full list of winners from BD’s Architect of the Year Awards 2019

Tate St Ives extension front

Aerial view of Jamie Fobert’s Tate St Ives. The distinctive drum-shaped entrance of the Evans & Shalev-designed original overlooks the sea with the new extension to the right. Building the new extension was challenging because of sheltered housing at the front, a car park to the rear, and a cemetery on the right

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