Does a broader community gain from your project? Enter it for our ever more relevant award – deadline 18 November
It’s that time of year again – time to enter the RIBAJ MacEwen Awards. The deadline is 18 November 2019 and entering is easy. It’s a special year too as the awards are celebrating their fifth competition. We’re on the lookout for projects which present 'architecture for the common good'. That could include a clear social purpose that enhances the lives of people and effectiveness of communities, or could be an ambitious environmental agenda, reuse and recycling buildings; or both, something else or more.
Named after Anni and Malcolm MacEwen, she an urban planner who pioneered a conservation-based approach to regeneration in both town and country, he a campaigning journalist and former editor of this magazine, we dreamt up the awards in 2015. We wanted to them counter what seemed like an unstoppable deluge of luxury projects that didn’t act beyond the whims of private individuals and clients, as well as vested interests.
The competition also sought to shake up construction awards themselves by being free to enter and by reaching under-represented schemes and architectural practices in the profession. They wanted to unearth values and projects not usually considered on the awards scene.
Events have altered the construction industry in Britain since then, making those development attributes a bit more challenging, but we’ve had a fascinating array of winners and commended projects during that time and believe a wider awareness and turn towards the ‘common good’ goal means there are now even more potential entrants. Many emerging practices are choosing to focus on and survive by getting this type of work. But entries can be from anywhere, any type and could qualify for the manner of their procurement too, so surprise us!
To give you a flavour, 2019’s winner was the Star and Shadow Cinema and community hub designed by MawsonKerr from a disused carpet warehouse in Shieldfield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Others on the roll of commended schemes included a flood alleviation and footbridge by Knight Architects with Mott MacDonald for Leeds City Council; a mission church, café and community centre by Gatti Routh Rhodes Architects on a downbeat block in Bethnal Green and a terrace of homes for downsizers by Peter Barber Architects.
In previous years we’ve given awards to all sorts. A reused Walter Segal building for local residents in Stockwell, youth centres, a women’s centre in Birmingham, sports and leisure facilities, a village room in rural Northumberland designed and built by architecture students, a specialist care home in Matlock by Glancy Nicholls. Now is the time to put your project forward too.
Projects must be in the UK, Ireland and islands such as Man and the Channel Islands. Projects must have been broadly physically completed within the two years to 1 November 2019, and must not have been entered previously for the MacEwen Award. A phase of a longer-term project is eligible.
Anyone including clients may enter a project, but the design team must have included an architect or architecture student.
The number of awards and commendations given will be at the judges’ discretion: shortlisted entries will be published on ribaj.com, culminating in the winners and commended entries appearing in the RIBA Journal February issue; those involved will be invited to a winners’ celebration lunch.
Entries should be submitted online only.
Name, location and description of project (300-500 words) explaining the beneficial social impact of the scheme.
Credit list of consultants and clients.
Maximum of six images, to include photos and drawings, submitted as jpegs only.
Deadline: Monday 18 November 2019, 09:00