The Bartlett School of Architecture


Bartlett Alumni Win at RIBA Regional Awards 2022

10 May 2022

Bartlett alumni and tutors from eight practices have been honoured at this year’s awards.

The Post Building, AHMM

The awards celebrate achievements in architecture across the UK. Divided into regional categories, this year’s awards recognised 115 projects, which will be displayed in a photography exhibition at RIBA's London headquarters from today until 24 May. The winners of the RIBA National Awards will be chosen from Regional Award winners.

Bartlett alumni work was honoured in the London, East, South and East Midland categories for twelve projects, from mixed-use schemes to family homes, retirement communities to libraries.

RIBA Regional Award winners


RIBA London Award
The practice, founded by four Bartlett alumni, has won awards for three large-scale projects: 

  • The Post Building in central London, which remodels a derelict former Royal Mail office into a landmark mixed-use scheme including 21 affordable homes;
  • Hawley Wharf, which delivers a diverse range of buildings, squares and pedestrian routes to Camden Market;
  • Breakers Place, which forms part of Nottingdale Campus, providing 60,000 square feet of commercial office and retail space, and a nine-unit residential building. 

Ashton Porter, Criss Cross House

RIBA East Award
The practice, founded by Bartlett alumni Abigail Ashton and Andrew Porter, has won an award for a light-filled extension to a Victorian farm workers’ cottage in Hertfordshire which uses timber for its aesthetic and environmental properties. 

Blee Halligan, Derwent Valley Villa

RIBA East Midland
The practice, founded by Bartlett alumni Greg Blee and Lee Halligan, has won an award for a new-build family house in Derbyshire. Orchestrated as a series of axial routes, the house offers a frame for living that is full of variety. 

Pitched Black, Gruff Architects
Gruff Architects, Pitched Black

RIBA London Award
Founded by Bartlett alumnus Rhys Cannon, the practice has won an award for the architect’s family house in south London, which has been used as a testbed to develop new ideas. Concrete features were designed and cast by Bartlett students.  

Morris+Company, Belle Vue

RIBA London Award
Founded by Bartlett alumnus Joe Morris, the practice has won an award for a new retirement community of 60 apartments in Hampstead that demonstrate how a well-considered housing typology can help tackle the isolation of the elderly within our society.

Niall McLaughlin Architects, Magdalene College Library

RIBA East Award
Founded by Bartlett tutor Niall McLaughlin, the practice has won three awards this year. This purpose-built library replaces the 300-year-old library gifted to the college by Samuel Pepys and offers students a diversity of spaces to read and work. The project was also praised for its exceptional engagement with environmental design principles.
RIBA South Award
Niall McLaughlin Architects has also been recognised for two further projects:

  • The Catherine Hughes Building, which provides carefully considered student housing with a mini courtyard and communal feel;
  • The Master's Field Development, comprising eight low-rise buildings of student rooms plus a timber-clad cricket pavilion. The latter project was also specially recognised with the RIBA South Project Architect of the Year Award.

Kiln Place, Peter Barber Architects
Peter Barber Architects, Kiln Place

RIBA London Award
Bartlett alumna Alice Brownfield, a director at the London practice, worked on the development of 15 new homes (seven of which are social rent in perpetuity) for the London Borough of Camden. The sustainable homes brought thoughtful architectural design to formerly undesirable parts of the site, and integrated green spaces and trees to increase biodiversity and accessibility across the estate. 

Erect Architecture, co-founded by Bartlett alumna Susanne Tutsch with a team that also includes Bartlett alumnus Jack Clay, was also shortlisted in the RIBA London category for their transformation and extension of the community centre at the Grade II listed St Mary Stoke Newington.  

WGP Architects, NW2 Participation Building and Theatre Square

RIBA East Award
The practice, whose co-founder and director Phil Waind is a Bartlett alumnus, created a series of spaces for community engagement and performance on an abandoned Ipswich municipal site. The Participation Building and round plaza sits atop a spiral car park ramp at street level and creates a symbiotic, accessible relationship with its client, the adjacent New Wolsey Theatre.

The RIBA Regional Awards exhibition is on display at 66 Portland Place from 9-24 May.

More information

Lead image: The Post Building, AHMM - photo by Timothy Soar
Other images: 1. Criss Cross House, Ashton Porter - photo by Andy Stagg
2. Derwent Valley Villa, Blee Halligan - photo by Henry Woide
3. Belle Vue, Morris+Company - photo by Jack Hobhouse
4. Magdalene College Library, Niall McLaughlin Architects - photo by Nick Kane
5. Pitched Black, Gruff Architects - photo by French + Tye
6. Kiln Place, Peter Barber Architects - photo by Morley von Sternberg