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2011 RIBA Awards winners announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects in London have announced 97 winners of this year’s RIBA Awards, including projects by Tony Fretton, David Chipperfield, MVRDV and Zaha Hadid Architects.

Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects

Top: Balancing Barn by MVRDV, photographed by Edmund Sumner.
Above: Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects, photographed by Luke Hayes.

The winners include 89 projects in the UK and eight from the EU.

Shingle House by NORD Architecture

Above: Shingle House by NORD Architecture.

The shortlist for the Stirling Prize will be drawn from these winners.


Above: Museum Folkwang by David Chipperfield Architects, photographed by Christian Richters.

Here’s some more information from the RIBA, followed by the full list of winning projects:

RIBA Awards - winners of the 2011 awards for architectural excellence announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will announce the winners of the 2011 RIBA Awards on Thursday 19 May 2011. RIBA Awards for architectural excellence will be presented to 97 buildings in the UK and Europe (89 in the UK and 8 in the rest of the EU). The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the building of the year will be drawn from the 97 RIBA Award winners.

London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects

Above: London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects

This year’s award-winning buildings range geographically from a winery in Spain to a community hall on the Scottish Hebridean island of Raasay, and in style from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford to ‘Love Shack’ - a self-build hideaway in the Lake District National Park. The recently completed Velodrome is the first ever 2012 Olympics event building to win an architecture prize and is one of five RIBA Awards for Hopkins Architects, a practice previously shortlisted three times for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Hoxton House by David Mikhail Architects

Above: Hoxton House by David Mikhail Architects

2011 has been an exceptional year for private houses which constitute 17 out of 89 UK winners. Schools and universities have also flourished with 14 schools (including three BSF projects and two Academies) and 9 university buildings winning awards. Last year’s RIBA Stirling Prize winner, Zaha Hadid, is an award winner this year with the Evelyn Grace Academy in South London.


Above: Chiswick House Gardens cafe by Caruso St John Architects

Three very different health buildings – the NHS Teenage Cancer Trust in Birmingham, Foster + Partner’s private Circle Hospital in Bath and a new Maggie’s Cancer Care centre in Cheltenham – showcase carefully designed, comfortable spaces to aid patient well-being.

Faustino Winery by Foster + Partners

Above: Faustino Winery by Foster + Partners

Speaking today, RIBA President Ruth Reed said:

“For 46 years the RIBA Awards have reflected the health of British architecture. This year’s winners show that in spite of a terrible worldwide recession, many exceptional buildings have been, and continue to be, built in the UK and overseas. Winning projects demonstrate that even in constrained times committed clients working with talented architects can achieve architectural excellence.

“These well-designed buildings will add huge value to the lives, prosperity, health and pride of their owners, users and communities and I am delighted with year’s selection. We are promised an interesting RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist.”


Above: University of Liverpool Heating Infrastructure by Levitt Bernstein

The 89 UK buildings that have won an RIBA Award are:


  • Centre for the Scottish War Blinded - Page \ Park Architects
  • McManus Galleries, Dundee - Page \ Park Architects
  • Raasay Community Hall, Raasay - Dulachas Building Design
  • Scotstoun House, Edinburgh - HAA Design Ltd
  • Shettleston Housing Association Offices, Glasgow - Elder and Cannon
  • Speirs Locks Studios, Glasgow - Malcolm Fraser Architects
  • Stratheden Mental Health Unit, Fife - Richard Murphy Architects
  • The Houl, Dumfries & Galloway - Simon Winstanley Architects
  • Tigh-Na-Cladach (House by the Shore), Dunoon - Gokay Deveci Architect
  • White House, Isle of Coll - W T Architecture

Northern Ireland:

  • An Gaelaras, Derry - O'Donnell + Tuomey
  • Carnathen Lane (private house), Donaghadee - Twenty Two Over Seven

North East:

  • 55/02, Kielder – sixteen*(makers) @ The Bartlett UCL
  • Knop Law Primary School, Newcastle upon Tyne - Architects Design Partnership
  • Millfield House Visitors’ Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne - Mosedale Gillatt Architects Ltd
  • Millfield House Visitors’ Centre, Durham - Burns Architects

North West:

  • Heating Infrastructure Project, Liverpool - Levitt Bernstein
  • Lawson Park, Cumbria - Sutherland Hussey Architects
  • Love Shack, Cumbria - Sutherland Hussey Architects
  • Sir Charles Carter Building, Lancaster - John McAslan + Partners
  • Trafford College Learning Resource Centre, Altrincham - Stephenson Bell Architects


  • Granary Wharf Scheme, York - Carey Jones Chapmantolcher
  • Heslington East Masterplan - York University, York - BDP
  • Sandal Magna Community Primary School, Wakefield - Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
  • Sharrow Point, Cemetery Road, Sheffield - Project Orange


  • Blue Door, Monmouthshire - Hall & Bednarczyk Architects Ltd
  • Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno - Ellis Williams Architects
  • Ty-Hedfan, Brecon, Powys - Featherstone Young
  • UWIC School of Management, Cardiff - Austin-Smith:Lord LLP
  • University of Glamorgan Student's Union, Pontypridd - Rio Architects
  • University of Wales, Newport - City Campus, Newport - BDP
  • WISE Building, Machynlleth - David Lea and Pat Borer Architects

West Midlands:

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon - Bennetts Associates
  • Teenage Cancer Trust, BCH, Birmingham - Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

East Midlands:

  • Creswell Crags Museum and Education Centre, Worksop - OMI Architects
  • Meat Factory (private house), Nottingham - Marsh & Grochowski
  • Newton and Arkwright Building, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham - Hopkins Architects Partnership
  • Woodland Trust Headquarters, Grantham - Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios


  • Apex, Arc, Bury St Edmunds, Bury, St Edmunds - Hopkins Architects
  • Balancing Barn, Suffolk - MVDRV
  • Bavent House, Reydon - Hudson Architects
  • Centre for Competitive Creative Design, Bedfordshire - Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • Marshland Discovery Zone, Purfleet - Peter Beard_LANDROOM
  • Private Housing at Newhall, Essex - Richard Murphy Architects & Roger Evans Associates
  • Reception Hide Complex, Titchwell - Haysom Ward Miller Architects
  • UK Centre for Carnival Arts, Luton - Ash Sakula Architects

South West:



  • Kendrew Quadrangle, Oxford - MJP Architects
  • Life Science Building, Southampton - NBBJ
  • Rothschild Foundation, Bucks - Stephen Marshall Architects
  • Watson House, Boldre - John Pardey Architects

South East

  • Dover Esplanade, Dover - Tonkin Liu
  • Epsom House, Surrey - Eldridge Smerin
  • New Mission Hall, West Sussex - Adam Richards Architects
  • No. 1 Smithery, Chatham - van Heynigen and Haward
  • Sevenoaks School Performing Arts Centre, Sevenoaks - Tim Ronalds Architects
  • Shingle House, Kent - NORD Architecture


  • Angel Building, London N1 - Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Barking Central, Barking - Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Bear Lane, London SE1 - Panter Hudspith
  • Chelsea Academy, London SW10 - Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Chiswick House Cafe, London W4 - Caruso St John Architects
  • City of Westminster College, London W2 - schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Claredale Street, London E2 - Karakusevic Carson Architects
  • Evelyn Grace Academy, London SE24 - Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Fitzroy Street and Maple Place, London W1 - Duggan Morris Architects
  • H10 Hotel, London SE1 - Maccreanor Lavington
  • Hackney Service Centre, London E8 - Hopkins Architects
  • Hampstead Lane, London N6 - Duggan Morris Architects
  • Hoxton House, London N1 - David Mikhail
  • Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playcentre, London NW6 - erect architecture
  • Leighton House Museum, London W14 - Purcell Miller Tritton
  • Michael Faraday Community School, London - Alsop Sparch
  • New Herbarium Library, Art and Archives Wing, Kew - Edward Cullinan Architects
  • One New Change, London - Ateliers Jean Nouvel with Sidell Gibson Architects
  • Raven Row, London E1 - 6a Architects
  • Ravensbourne, London SE10 - Foreign Office Architects
  • St. Patricks School Library and Music Room, London NW5 - Coffey Architects
  • Shadow House, London NW1 - Liddicoat and Goldhill
  • Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form : Media Arts and Science College, London N16 - Jestico + Whiles
  • Strange House, London SE8 - Hugh Strange Architect
  • Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, London E2 - Rare Architecture
  • Velodrome, Stratford - Hopkins Architects

The eight RIBA Award buildings in the European Union are:

The RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects’ Journal and Benchmark is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. The prize will be presented on Saturday 1 October at the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning (2001) Magna Science and Adventure Centre in Rotherham and broadcast as a special edition of BBC TWO’s The Culture Show.