5 Dec 2012 19:15 Africa/Lagos
The Architect of the Year 2012
LONDON, December 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Alison Brooks named UK's best architect
Olympic architects also honoured at ceremony in London
Housing design specialist ABA, the business founded by Canadian-born architect Alison Brooks, has been named the UK's best architecture practice at the Architect of the Year Awards in London.
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The judges deemed Brooks' contribution to housing design particularly worthy of celebration at a time when housing delivery in the UK had dropped to its lowest levels since the 1920's.
Brooks said it was an award shared by every "unsung" housing architect who has been quietly fighting for good design to prevail.
"It's hugely important for us to have won this award after many years of very hard work and commitment to the cause of good housing design," she said.
"The recognition is very important to us. It's a sign of confidence in what we have been trying to do for many years.
"But one of the nicest things about this award is that there's a community of unsung heroes working in housing who are prepared to fight for good design quality every step of the way."
Other award winners at the awards ceremony on Tuesday included the architects of the Olympic Eton Manor venue, Stanton Williams, and the architect behind the ground-breaking design of the Halley IV Antarctic Research Station for the British Antarctic Survey, Hugh Broughton.
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The full list of Architect of the Year Awards winners:
Alison Brooks - Scheuco Gold Architect of the Year and Housing Architect of the Year
Hugh Broughton Architects - International Breakthrough Architect of the Year
Witherford Watson Mann Architects - Interior Architect of the Year
Reiach & Hall Architects - Education Architect of the Year (sixth form to university)
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris - Education Architect of the Year (nursery to secondary)
Adam Khan Architects - Public Building Architect of the Year
Adams & Sutherland - Public Realm Architect of the Year
Stanton Williams - Sports & Entertainment Architect of the Year
Reiach & Hall Architects - Office Architect of the Year
5th Studio - Masterplanning Architect of the Year
Civic Architects - Environmental Excellence Award
Witherford Watson Mann Architects - Refurbishment Architect of the Year
Coffey Architects - Small Project Architect of the Year
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