Education Architect of the Year

The 2014 Shortlist:

  • Design Engine Architects
  • Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley
  • Mitchell Taylor Workshop
  • Allies + Morrison
  • Buckley Gray Yeoman

Entries are now closed for 2014.

This award was open to architects working on buildings – whether residential or teaching facilities – in the nursery, primary, secondary education and higher education sectors. Entries included one built project from the last three years, and a minimum of 1 other project either built or unbuilt. One project could have been international. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.


Education Architect of the Year 2013 Winner (Nursery to Secondary):

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2013 was an important year for dRMM: its first two all-newbuild schools were completed, and planning secured for a new campus for educating the deaf community. These very different projects are defined by ingenuity in space planning, inventive use of materials and construction, and above all a collaborative open approach where students are placed at the centre.

The judges said: “At a time when the value of bespoke school design has been challenged by the government’s enthusiasm for standardised models, dRMM’s work makes an important contribution to the argument that no two schools are the same.”

dRMM was also winner of the Schueco Gold Award.


  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • HawkinsBrown
  • Mitchell Taylor Workshop
  • Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Penoyre & Prasad

Education Architect of the Year 2013 Winner (6th Form to University):

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Jestico + Whiles

Jestico + Whiles has grown steadily since the formation of the partnership by Tom Jestico and John Whiles in 1977. In recent years the practice has undergone particularly rapid growth, as it diversifies into a range of different sectors and builds on its reputation for design quality and innovative solutions to challenging briefs. The practice has completed major projects throughout Europe, the Middle East and India ranging from schools for disadvantaged children to University departments.

The judges said: “The firm demonstrated an aptitude for dealing with a wide range of scales and contexts. Its currently under construction Graphene Research Institute for the University of Manchester answers a highly innovative brief with an architectural treatment which promises to create a new landmark in the city.”


  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Arup Associates
  • BGS Architects
  • HawkinsBrown
  • John McAslan + Partners