An inspiring 13-strong collection of success stories built on community engagement, sustainable builds and an ability to make the most of limited budgets make up this year’s MacEwen Award shortlist
Welcome to the MacEwen Award 2024 shortlist. From a longlist of 32, our panel of five judges has whittled it down to a select shortlist of 13 projects, all of which in their own way contribute to an architecture for the common good.
This year, the projects are almost perfectly split across our six categories: workplace and social enterprise, heritage renewal, community support, affordable housing, back to nature and urban renewal. Only the latter has three entries, rather than two elsewhere. These categories change every year, depending on the submissions we receive, as the concept of ‘architecture for the common good’ is continuously evolving to the world and its needs around us. On the shortlist we have a historic canal-side cottage in Derbyshire rescued by and for local people in perpetuity. There is an urban park, part of a wider development in Manchester, as well as a viewing platform over the river Ness in Inverness and a garden and an educational community building in Canada Water, London.
The competition launched in 2016 and is now in its nineth edition. We are already looking forward to a bumper crop of submissions for our 10th outing next year.
In the meantime, enjoy reading the 2024 shortlist. We hope you find admiration and inspiration. Tune back in here, on 29 and 30 January, when we announce which of these shortlisted schemes are this year’s winners and runners-up.
Congratulations to all so far!
Workplace and social enterprise
Back to nature
- Isabelle Priest, managing editor, RIBA Journal (chair)
- Je Ahn, founding director, Studio Weave
- Stacey Barry, architect, BDP
- Kathy MacEwen, planner and daughter of Anni and Malcolm MacEwen
- Alex Scott-Whitby, founding director, Scott Whitby Studio