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5 December 2013 No Comment

Innovative school projects helped architecture firm de Rijke Marsh Morgan to the Gold Award at this year’s Architects of the Year ceremony.

de Rijke Marsh Morgan has become almost synonymous with developing creative and exciting projects for schools, building.co.uk notes, often in the face of small – and shrinking – budgets.

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‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme

Recent years has seen it take on a number of projects as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme, although this scheme has since come to an end. In addition, the firm has now completed, for the first time, three entirely new schools.


It was this contribution to the education sector which, judges ruled, made de Rijke Marsh Morgan worthy winners of this year’s Gold Award. Rather unsurprisingly, this meant it was also chosen for the winner of this year’s Education Architect of the Year (nursery to secondary) category as well.

For the ‘6th Form and Upper’ subcategory, meanwhile, it was Jestico & Whiles which took the crown for its work on the London School of Economics, among others.

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Internationally, it was Adjaye Associates which came most highly commended, for the work on Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Speaking to bdonline.co.uk after the winners were announced, BD editor-in-chief, Amanda Baillieu, explained:

“The Architect of the Year Awards are unique in that they are the only ones that recognise a body of work.

“But we also try to reflect what is happening on the ground, adding a new category if we feel it is a sector attracting the best architecture – and equally, we don’t shy away from dropping awards if we feel the standards aren’t high enough.”

Author: David Howells   Date Written: 05 December 2013

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