Notes to editors
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our 40,000+ global network of members. Founded in 1834, the RIBA received its Royal Charter in 1837 and today is recognised as a Business Superbrand.
RIBA Competitions has been established for over 40 years and is responsible for delivering some of the most high-profile building projects in the UK through competition. These range from major public projects such as the Millennium Bridge, BALTIC and The Hepworth Wakefield to the more unusual like Halley Research Station, Antarctic. Competitions are a recognised vehicle that drives up quality, stimulates creativity and innovation and generates a range of ideas improving choice which often results in award winning buildings. For further details visit www.architecture.com/competitions
The Wates Family Enterprise Trust is a charitable trust set up by the Family owners of the Wates Group. As part of its work the Trust seeks to promote thought leadership around topical social issues to advance ideas and address solutions through its programme Wates Giving. For further information visit
Established over 116 years ago, the Wates Group is one of the UK’s leading construction companies, employing over 2,600 people and posting a turnover of £1.2bn in 2012.
A stable presence in a changing market, Wates works on a variety of projects across the public and private sectors, from building new homes and providing planned and responsive maintenance to housing associations and local authorities; through to office interiors; construction projects in the commercial, retail, heritage and education sectors; and partnering on joint-venture developments.
The first privately-owned company ever to be awarded Business in the Community’s Community Mark in recognition of its leadership and excellence in community investment, Wates is distinguished by its commitment to leaving a lasting legacy in the places where it works. www.wates.co.uk
actLAB is a New York based collaborative design group. We represent the architect, the educator, the illustrator, the photographer, the writer - critically observing and representing human behaviour - collaborating on projects that enhance and re-imagine social life in cities and in communities, re-qualifying architectural typologies.
actLAB (www.actlabnyc.com) is lead by Australian registered architect & Columbia University GSAPP alumna / faculty, Aya Maceda (www.ayamaceda.com), with collaborators, Buzz Wei (architect/ GSAPP alumnus) and Sandra Javera (architect/illustrator www.sandrajavera.com).
Andrew Stoane is an Edinburgh based architect and educator. His studio simultaneously operates as an architectural practice and a think tank for more speculative and research orientated strains of architecture. He teaches architecture and urban design at Edinburgh’s ESALA school. Construction, pedagogy and research continually reciprocate to enable multi-disciplinary and varied outputs. In practice, since its inception in 1993, the studio has built a reputation on meticulously detailed smaller scale work involving an unusual level of attention and direct involvement in the construction process. In research, among the broad range of interests, volume housing has been a perennial focus, with an increasing reflection on the architect’s agency within the industry.
Carl Turner studied architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. The RCA provided him with a foundation for collaboration and working across platforms, and an enduring ethos that sees design and construction as an extension of his time there as a ‘maker’. Before establishing Carl Turner Architects, Carl worked with a number of practices including Foster + Partners, and Penoyre & Prasad.
Carl Turner Architects was formed in 2006, and has established a reputation for high impact, low cost architecture. The practice has won numerous awards for its work, including a RIBA Award and the RIBA Manser Medal in 2013 for Slip House, which was also short-listed for the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize. The practice was highly commended in the 2012 Architect of the Year Awards, and was the only UK practice to be highly commended in the 2013 AR House Awards.
Teaching and engagement with the wider design world are important aspects of practice life. Carl has taught at the Architectural Association, the Royal College of Art, the University of Greenwich and the University of Brighton, and has been an external examiner at London South Bank University. Carl is also a member of the Southwark Design Panel.
The practice is working on a series of residential and community projects around the UK, and will be showcasing its work with the RIBA in Shanghai, China in 2014.
Metropolitan Workshop Architecture and Urbanism is based in London with wide, international experience of complex housing projects. We have teamed up with Sir Richard MacCormac for this competition, who's work on Sustainable suburbia is highly relevant.
Our team's experience encompasses over 40 years of housing design of all types and tenures and in all contexts. A consistent tenant of our housing work has always been the importance of housing design in promoting social cohesion and developing convivial ways of living.
Our recent work has demonstrates that compelling cases can be made for delivering design-led housing in appropriate greenbelt contexts.