3 May 2016

Trio of University buildings scoop five coveted architecture awards

Image of Weston Library by John Cairns Image of Ruskin School of Art by Will Scott

Three University buildings have won a total of five prizes at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regional South awards.

The Weston Library, Blavatnik School of Government and the Ruskin School of Art were honoured at the ceremony on 28 April at Ascot Racecourse.

As well as winning a RIBA South Award, the Weston Library also picked up the RIBA South Building of the Year prize having been described as a ‘masterpiece’. The judging panel was impressed by the Blackwell Hall, saying, ‘The sheer ‘wow’ factor when entering stops you in your tracks’.

Blavatnik School of Government

The Blavatnik School of Government also won a RIBA South Award and South Client of the Year. Judges described the building as a ‘statement piece’, going on to say that, ‘Inside, the building is quite simply breathtaking. It is one of those rare moments in architecture when the spirit soars.’

And finally, the Ruskin School of Art took away a RIBA South Award having been described as ‘a building that belongs in its place. It has a confident and crafted exterior with careful attention to detailing’.

RIBA South Regional Award winners will also be considered for the highly-coveted RIBA National Awards in recognition of their architectural excellence, to be announced on 23 June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.

More about the projects and the awards can be found here.