British Design Awards by London AIA
The London/UK Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced in January their 2001 Annual Excellence in Design Awards. Five projects won top honors; three are shown here.
The jury, made up of Godfrey Bradman, Ken Shuttleworth (Foster and Partners) and Gordon Benson (Benson+Forsyth), praised the quality and variety of the projects submitted. The awards program was coordinated by David Hughes, managing director of the London office of the American firm, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects.
Hughes explains that London/UK officially became the first international chapter of the AIA in 1992, emerging from a group of American architects living and working in the United Kingdom. Since then, other international chapters have formed in Continental Europe and Asia.
The London/UK chapter now has almost 200 members throughout the country. They work jointly with members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to promote architecture and the architectural profession. The two organizations share reciprocal membership.
Stratford Regional Station
One of this year's award winners was Wilkinson Eyre Architects, designers of the Stratford Regional Station in London.
This new surface-level station, replacing a dilapidated underground one, is easily accessible, with safer and better passenger facilities. It forms a key part of the regeneration plans for the area.