What have Group Ginger, Carmody Groarke, and Clancy Moore in common? They recently won the Architect of the Year 2018 award in their respective categories.And what do we have in common with Carmody Groake? Andy Groarke, co-founder, was a speaker at our last London Design Forum in September 2017 that we held at the Design Museum in London.
We are stoked that these and other firms were selected for the 15th edition of the BD Architect of the Year awards on 18 Mach 2018 at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel. More than 700 architects and designers gathered to learn about the results of this prestigious award from the panel of judges.The sectors that these experts looked at were individual houses, education (nursery to 6th form), education (higher), housing, interior, master planning and public realm, public building, infrastructure, retail and leisure, sustainability, office, refurbishment, architectural client, and small projects. UK practices had submitted up to four projects of their best body of work in these categories. These projects included structures in Britain and Europe.We sponsored the small project category that looked at projects of smaller scale and size. Group Ginger received the well-deserved award for their projects Leeds College of Music rooftop extension and the Hide at Tophill Low Nature Reserve. During the ceremony, Stuart MacGregor, key account manager Global Projects, presented the trophy to the excited Group Ginger team. While they dominated this sector, it was a difficult choice that the judges had to make as all the shortlisted firms put forward excellent projects. In the shortlist were: Chris Dyson Architects, Coupdeville Architects, Denizen Works, Group Ginger, Harty and Harty, and Orme Architecture.
Carmody Groarke won in the sector individual house with their submissions of three houses in London and an oak-lined lakeside pavilion in East Sussex. In addition, they took home the highly dotted Schueco Gold Award that honored the most significant contribution to British Architecture and ‘best of the best’ work.The evening was a great success with lots of interesting presentations, the awards ceremony, and entertainment and fine dining. But the main reason guests loved the evening was the opportunity to network, meet old and new friends, and celebrate the profession in general.