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Rising Stars 2022: meet the shortlist

Eleanor Young

The 17-strong shortlist for RIBAJ Journal Rising Stars 2022 has been announced

Recycling centre and community resource Proper Job, Chagford, Dartmoor, designed by James O'Brien’s and O'Brien Van der Steen.
Recycling centre and community resource Proper Job, Chagford, Dartmoor, designed by James O'Brien’s and O'Brien Van der Steen. Credit: O'Brien Van der Steen

RIBAJ Rising Stars in association with Origin Doors and Windows held an open call for entries over the summer and attracted a varied and interesting longlist. Now the early-career designers in the running for the winning cohort of Rising Stars have been announced.

On the list we see those setting up characterful practices, pushing for change in leading design practices (an unprecedented three entries have been shortlisted from Grimshaw) and using their architectural skills in development and local authority work. They are giving clients clear options and delivering interesting projects, such as James O'Brien’s work with O'Brien Van der Steen Workshops on this recycling centre and community resource Proper Job in a Dartmoor village (above). 

If you are looking for role models, or collaborators and a brilliant addition to your team read on for the full list. 

Georgia Collard-Watson, Grimshaw
Putting wellbeing to the fore

Georgia Collard.
Georgia Collard.

Jennifer Dyne, David Kohn Architects
Practice lynchpin and project architect extraordinaire

Jennifer Dyne.
Jennifer Dyne. Credit: Laura Buchi

Josh Foster, Foster Architecture & Design
Supporting students

Josh Foster.
Josh Foster.

Yohance Harper, Quadrant Estates 
Impactful property entrepreneur

Yohance Harper.
Yohance Harper.

Richard Keys, ByOthers
Masterbuilder with ambition

Richard Keys.
Richard Keys. Credit: Lorenzo Zandri

Daniel Innes, Dominic McKenzie Architects
Asking all the right questions as a queer and neurodiverse designer

Daniel Innes
Daniel Innes

Steve McCloy + Bongani Muchemwa, McCloy + Muchemwa
Fun, exciting public projects, designs to watch

Steve McCloy and Bongani Muchemwa.
Steve McCloy and Bongani Muchemwa. Credit: Ivan Jones

Michelle Martin, Live Site Learning CIC
Generating live site experiences in conservation

Michelle Martin.
Michelle Martin.

John Naylor, Grimshaw Architects
Sharing expertise in bamboo and regenerative materials 

John Naylor.
John Naylor.

Jennifer McLoughlin, Grimshaw
Injecting project management processes

Jennifer McLoughlin.
Jennifer McLoughlin.

James O’Brien, O'Brien Van der Steen Workshops
Sensitive projects, strong ideas

James O'Brien
James O'Brien

Betty Owoo, Be First London
Making good things happen on the local and city-wide scale

Betty Owoo.
Betty Owoo. Credit: Andrew Baker

Charlie Palmer, Incremental Urbanism
Empowering communities with design and strategy

Charlie Palmer.
Charlie Palmer.

Dan Renoso-Urmston, O-RU
Striking out courageously in practice

Dan Renoso-Urmston.
Dan Renoso-Urmston.

Jo Sharples, Editional Studio
Pioneering research-led engagement

Jo Sharples
Jo Sharples Credit: Zora Kuettner

Jordan Whitewood-Neal 
Building awareness and community by disability campaigning 

Jordan Whitewood-Neal.
Jordan Whitewood-Neal.

Farhana Jiwa, JTP
Practicing for inclusive place

Farhana Jiwa.
Farhana Jiwa.

Rising Stars was assessed by Hiba Alobaydi, assistant editor Foster + Partners, Rising Star 2021, Angela Crowther, associate director, Arup, Fergus Feilden, co-founder, Feilden Fowles, Selina Mason, director of masterplanning, Lendlease, Matt Rumble, strategic head of Regeneration & Development, London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham Council, and Eleanor Young, editor RIBA Journal (chair)

For the final winning cohort of RIBAJ Rising Stars 2022 in association with Origin, check back at on 1st November.



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