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RIBA International Book Awards for Architecture and Construction and Interior Design 2008 – winners announced

Date:

29 May 2008

Press office contact:

Beatrice Cooke
T: +44 (0)207 307 3813
E: beatrice.cooke@riba.org

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced at an awards ceremony last night, the four winners of the 2008 RIBA International Book Awards. 

 

Siena : Constructing the Renaissance City by Fabrizio Nevola (Yale University Press) won The Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award for Architecture.  The judging panel said of the book: "This book is the first complete history of the urban history of Siena, looking at the city as a whole and the reality between the ideal representation of the city and the reality."

 

The Architecture of Parking by Simon Henley (Thames and Hudson) won the Sir Robert McAlpine International Book Award for Construction.  Chair of the judging panel, Max Fordham commented: "This is the first comprehensive international study of one of the most neglected but most important building types of the modern era: the parking garage.  The judges felt this book gave a surprising subject appeal with its considered technical analysis."

 

Carlos Ferrater: Office of Architecture Barcelona by Carlos Padura/Carlos Ferrater (Carlos Padura publishing) won the Architectural Practice category.  Comments from the judges included: "This book stands out and demands to be picked up and read…..its design is consistently high and the overall production quality is of the highest standard."

 

Moving Rooms: The Trade in Architecture Salvage by John Harris (Yale University Press) won the Interior Design category.  Of this final award, the judges noted: "A beautifully presented book – challenging, demanding and determined to get the readers attention.  It displays the author's passion and experience and demonstrates an innovative approach to the subject matter.  The judging panel believes this will become a long-standing reference book for generations of designers and design historians to come."

 

The annual RIBA International Book Awards aim to highlight the rising influence and standard of architectural writing and publishing.  They celebrate the important contribution writing makes to the dynamic activity of creating buildings and transforming the landscape in which we live.  The Awards have doubled in size this year with two new categories: Interior Design and Architectural Practice.

The awards were judged in four categories:

The RIBA Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award for Architecture recognises outstanding writing on architecture, historic and theoretical research and analysis and the preservation of buildings.

The RIBA Sir Robert McAlpine International Book Award for Construction recognises exceptional writing on the construction and restoration of buildings, building design and building methods, and the use of new materials and technologies across the construction industry. 

The RIBA International Book Award for Interior Design recognises distinguished and innovative writing on the design of architectural interiors and the materials and elements involved in realising the design.

The RIBA International Book Award for Architectural Practice celebrates excellence in writing that effectively demonstrates how to successfully address and navigate the many fundamental dimensions of architectural practice: a multidisciplinary approach that aims to balance social, economic and environmental needs.

Winners were announced at an awards presentation on 28 May 2008 at The Athenæum Club, London, SW1Y.  Winning publishers received a RIBA Trophy, specially designed for the awards and authors were be presented with a cheque for £1,000.

 

Further information can be found at www.ribabookshops.com/awards| and www.architecture.com |

Notes to editors

1. For further press information please contact Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office on 0207 7307 37813 or beatrice.cooke@inst.riba.org| or visit www.ribabookshops.com/awards|. Biographies of judges are available on request.

 

2. Shortlist for the RIBA International Book Award for Interior Design

 

  •  Moving Rooms: the Trade in Architecture Salvage  by John Harris 

Yale University Press/The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art  

  • Paint & Paper: a Masterclass in Colour and Light by David Oliver

Octopus Publishing Group/Conran Octopus

  •  Light in Architecture by Mireia Vergés

Tectum Publishers 

  • Moderne: Fashioning the French Interior Sarah Schleuning, Jeremy Aynsley

Princeton Architectural Press

  • Paul T Frankl & Modern American Design by Christopher Long

Yale University Press  

  • Kelly Hoppen Home by Kelly Hoppen/Helen Chislett

Jacqui Small

 
Shortlist for the RIBA Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award for Architecture

 

  • Architecture and the 'Special Relationship' by Murray Fraser, Joe Kerr

Taylor and Francis  

  • Architecture or Techno-Utopia by Felicity Scott

MIT  

  • From Agit-Prop to Free Space by Cedric Price, Stanley Matthews

Black Dog  

  • Russian Architecture and the West by Dmitry Shvidkovsky

Yale University Press  

  • Siena : Constructing the Renaissance City by Fabrizio Nevola

Yale University Press

 
Shortlist for the RIBA Sir Robert McAlpine International Book Award for Construction

 

  • The Architecture of Parking by Simon Henley

Thames and Hudson  

  • Exploring Boundaries: the Architecture of Wilkinson Eyre by Peter Davie, Kurt W. Forster

Birkhauser Verlag  

  • Green Oak in Construction by Peter Ross

Christopher Mettern, Andrew Holloway

TRADA Technology  

  • Jean Rondelet: The Architect as Technician by Marie-Noelle Baudouin-Matuszek, Robin Middleton

Yale University Press  

  • Strange Details by Michael Cadwell

MIT Press

 
Shortlist for the RIBA International Book Award for Architectural Practice
   

  • Carlos Ferrater: Office of Architecture Barcelona by Carlos Ferrater

Manel Padaura  

  • Colin St John Wilson: Buildings & Projects by Colin St. John Wilson, Roger Stonehouse, Eric Parry.

Black Dog  

  • Foster 40: 40 Years, 40 Projects, 40 Themes by Norman Foster, David Jenkins [Ed]

Prestel  

  • Patent Constructions: New Architecture Made in Catalonia by Albert Ferre

Actar  

  • Project Management Demystified 3e by G. Reiss

Taylor and Francis  

  • Spain Architects: Works by Manel Padura [Ed]

Manel Padura  

  • Strange Details by Michael Cadwell

MIT Press  

  • Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture & Planning by Daniel Willmas

John Wiley  

  • Transformations: The Architecture of Penoyre and Prasad by Greg Penoyre, Sunand Presad

Black Dog  

  • Verb 5 Natures by Verb

Actar  

  • Vicens+Ramos Twenty Years by Ignatio Vicens, Jose Natonio Ramos

Editorial Pencil  

  • Work of Cepezed: Prototypes and Catalogue by Piet Vollaard

OIO Publishers

 

 

3. Judges for the RIBA Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award for Architecture were:

Adrian Forty (chair) , Architectural Historian and Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Irena Murray, Architectural Historian and Sir Banister Fletcher Director, RIBA British Architectural Library; Diana Periton, Architectural Historian and Head of Architectural History and Theory at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Glasgow School of Art; Irenee Scalbert, architecture critic and author; Dalibor Vesely, Architectural Historian and Director (Emeritus) of Graduate Studies, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge and Sarah Wigglesworth, professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.

 

Judges for the RIBA Sir Robert McAlpine International Book Award for

Construction were:

Max Fordham [Chair] Principal of Max Fordam LLP, building services engineers;

Will Alsop , architect; Sue Dunster, Manager, ZEDfactory, Bill Dunster Architects; Andrea Deplazes, Professor for Architecture and Construction at the ETH, Zurich; and Edward McAlpine, Project Manager with Sir Robert McAlpine.

 

Judges forthe RIBAInternational Book Award for Interior Design were:

Doug Atherley (Chair), Managing Director of Kinari Design; Tim Benton, Professor of Art History, Open University; Helen Fifield, Managing Director of Design Centre Chelsea Harbour; Jeremy Myerson, Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre and Professor of Deisgn Studies at the RCA and Ghislaine Wood, Curator at the V&A Museum, editor and author.

 

Judges for the RIBA International Book Award for Architectural Practice were:

Dikkie Scipio [Chair], Senior Partner at Claus en Kaan Architecten; Paul Crosby, David Chipperfield Architects; Mrs Kathy Thurman, MCIAT , Managing Director of Teveld Ltd ; John Halton MCIAT, founding Director of John Halton Design Ltd and Adrian Williamson MCIAT, Partner of WM Design LLP

 

RIBA International Book Awards 2008 are supported by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, The Sir Nikolaus Pevsner family, The Architectural Review, Building Magazine, The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, Elle Decoration, OPX, Trilogy, Quba, Neilson BookData, St Austell Printing Company and Mix Future Interiors.

 

5. RIBA Bookshops is the leading UK supplier of books and contracts to the UK book trade and architects, designers and professionals in the construction industry.  The RIBA Trust manages the cultural assets of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).  It is the UK's national architecture centre, delivering the RIBA Awards and RIBA Stirling Prize (live on Channel 4); the Royal Gold Medal; International and Honorary Fellowships; a full programme of lectures, exhibitions, tours and other events; and an education programme.

 

6. For further details on the RIBA International Book Awards, including the 2008 Awards, please contact John Morgan at RIBA Bookshops on 0207 496 8364 or john.morgan@ribabookshops.com| or visit www.ribabookshops.com/awards|

 

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