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Winners announced at the BD Architect of the Year Awards

More than 800 of the architectural community packed the ExCel in east London on 9 March for BD’s Architect of the Year Awards 2016, hosted by writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry. During the awards ceremony Stephen Fry praised architects for their part in shaping a better world and said theirs was a glo- rious calling. The judges praised the quality of the entries and awarded highly commended honours as well as winners in a number of categories. The awards were the culmination of Ecobuild’s architecture day which included talks from dRMM’s Sadie Morgan, AHMM’s Simon Allford and architectural broadcaster Jonathan Meades. The prestigious Schueco Gold Award, voted for by the

judges along with an online vote and a live vote on the evening at the awards, was presented to Cottrell & Vermeulen, who also took away the Education Architect of the Year award on the strength of a string of exceptional projects including Brentwood School in Essex and Notre Dame High School in Southwark.

The Young Architect of the Year Award was won by Feilden Fowles, following in the footsteps of a string of YAYA winners who have gone on to flourish, including Lynch Architects and Arquitecturia who are working on the Olympicopolis project with Allies & Morrison and O’Donnell & Tuomey. BD editor Thomas Lane said: “The judges felt Cottrell &

Vermeulen represented a quiet and considered style of archi- tecture which is very important in schools and public buildings. They have been doing this for many years. This is exactly the sort of architect who needs to be celebrated.” There were several categories that were fiercely contested, he

said, reflecting the buoyancy of the housing, education and refurbishment sectors in particular. “We had the highest number of entries for some years this year which reflects the health of the profession,” he added. For a list of the winners and more information please visit and enter reference number 15129.

How to read modern buildings Will Jones – Available now

‘Modern buildings are about much more than the white walls, flat roofs and glass-clad skyscrapers that many would class as Modernist. In architec- tural terms the modern era spans a whole raft of styles and nuances, and encompasses the entire 20th century as well as the early part of the 21st. It takes in possibly the widest variety of styles of any architectural era, from the Renaissance Revival, a reversion to classical form, but using the newest industrial methods of the time, to the glamour of Art Deco, the severity of Brutalism, the quirkiness of the Avant Garde movement – and more.’ (from the introduction). How To Read Modern Buildings

takes readers on a guided tour of modern architecture through its most iconic and significant buildings. From Art Deco and Arts and Crafts,

through the International Style and Modernism to today's environmental architecture and the rise and fall of the

icon, all the major architectural move- ments from the 1900s to the present day are traced through their classic buildings. Examining the key architec- tural elements and hidden details of each style, we learn what to look out for and where to look for it. Packed with detailed drawings, plans, and photographs, this is both a fascinating architectural history and an effective I- spy guide – a must-read for anyone with an interest in modern design and architecture. From William Morris’s The Red

House to The Royal National Theatre London; from the Flatiron Building, Fifth Avenue, New York, to the Moscow metro;

from BBC

Broadcasting House to the Bauhaus; and from Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, this book introduces the archetypes, the materials, the features and the architects who have shaped the places in which we live, work and play.

Will Jones has been writing for

architecture and design magazines around the world for over fifteen years. He is the author of many books, including How to Read Houses, How to Read New York, Unbuilt Masterworks of the 21st Century and Architects' Sketchbook.

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