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Judges announced for the MacEwen Award

Have you entered the competition yet? The judges are waiting

As the judging for the RIBA Journal MacEwen Award draws closer the five judges have been announced.

The selection draws on the best of those creating better places through applying design, ideas and strategic thinking to buildings and beyond. They are:

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce which aims to enrich society through ideas and action. Taylor was previously director of policy for Labour and director of think tank IPPR.

Claire Bennie is an architect and housing developer, who brought good design to many pocket sites Peabody housing association when development director there

Ivan Harbour is a partner RSHP. In the 1990s he led the design for the European Court of Human Rights and Bordeaux Law Courts. More recently he has also been instrumental in developing Homeshell, an innovative off-site form of construction for social housing and other building types.

Amanda Levete is an architect and founder of AL_A. Levete’s extension to the V&A on Exhibition Road is due to open in spring 2017. Meanwhile the practice is also working up a Maggie’s Centre in Southampton among other projects.

Hugh Pearman, editor of the RIBA Journal, will chair the judges. Architecture critic at the Sunday Times, author and instigator of the Stirling Prize, Pearman has been involved in arts and education, chairing the RSA’s Art for Architecture and acting as honorary vice-president at the Architectural Association.

dRMM's Alex de Rijke described the MacEwen award as ‘Recognising the time and care put into making things that make a difference to society.’ The judges will be looking for architecture for the common good.

Enter now to show how you have made a difference at:

RIBAJ MacEwen Award time line

9 November: Closing date for entries

November: Judging

January: Publication of all shortlisted entries on

February: Publication of winner and commended in RIBAJ February issue


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