Meet the shortlist for this year's Rising Stars

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Words:
Eleanor Young

Our judges sum up the 15 talented young professionals they've chosen so far – find out more over the next few days

Fifteen talented professionals have made it through to the shortlist as potential Rising Stars.

They show their energy and expertise in a wide range of areas, from bringing people together to designing huge stadia and building their own distinct practices.

RIBA J Rising Stars, in association with Origin Doors and Windows, are selected from a strong field by a panel of judges from across the industry: Peter Morris, founding partner and managing director, AHMM, Kieren Majhail, Rising Star 2018 and architect associate, BDP; Sarah Prichard, UK managing director, Buro Happold; Simon Henley, principal, Henley Halebrown; Louise Wyman, director of design and development, West Midlands Combined Authority; and the RIBA Journal’s Eleanor Young.

Here we summarise what most impressed the judges about each entrant.

The winning cohort of Rising Stars 2019 will be profiled from 23-25 October here at ribaj.com and in the November issue of the magazine.


Benni Allan
Director, EBBA Architects

Tipped for success – and now he's achieved it with innovative thinking

Benni Allan.
Benni Allan.

Tom Bell
Chartered architect, Roberts Limbrick

Rare balance of big ideas and drive

Tom Bell.
Tom Bell.

Oliver Boaler
Architect, Bennetts Associates

Agility and professionalism – and a vegetarian cookbook for meat-eaters

Oliver Boaler.
Oliver Boaler.

Muneeb David 
Architect, Architecture initiative 

Changing the world brick by brick

Muneeb David.
Muneeb David.

Daniel Dyer
Architect, MawsonKerr Architects

Successful design with non-traditional procurement

Daniel Dyer.
Daniel Dyer.

Joanna Asia Grzybowska
Associate, Powell Tuck Associates

Challenging designers to experience a differently abled life

Joanna Asia Grzybowska.
Joanna Asia Grzybowska.

Madeleine Kessler
Associate architect, Haptic Architects

Infrastructure and delivery and the human web around them

Madeleine Kessler.
Madeleine Kessler.

Maria Knutsson-Hall
Associate PrincipalPopulous

Talented designer of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Maria Knutsson-Hall.
Maria Knutsson-Hall.

Hugh McEwen
Partner, Office S&M

Using colour as a material

Hugh McEwen.
Hugh McEwen.

Felicity Meares
Associate, Scott Brownrigg

Change-maker who is co-opting digital technology

Felicity Meares.
Felicity Meares.

Fergal Rainey
Architect, McGurk Architects

Innovation and enthusiasm on his Belfast projects

Fergal Rainey.
Fergal Rainey.

Amrita Raja
Associate, Woods Bagot

Bringing making to practice, making the most of US connections

Amrita Raja.
Amrita Raja.

Greg Storrar
Architect, Asif Khan Studio

Visionary research opens up whole new worlds for architecture

Greg Storrar.
Greg Storrar.

Alex Towler
Architect, Transition by Design

Cooperative and collaborative community problem solving

Alex Towler.
Alex Towler.

Nick Tyrer
Associate director, Pattern Design

Bringing sophisticated geometries to stadia concepts

Nick Tyrer.
Nick Tyrer.

RIBAJ Rising Stars is produced in association with Origin Doors & Windows

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