RIBA Client of the Year 2021

RIBA 2021 Client of the Year winner

RIBA Client of the Year 2021

The RIBA Client of the Year award honours the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture

RIBA Client of the Year Winner 2021: Cambridge Mosque Trust

Cambridge Mosque Trust has been named RIBA Client of the Year 2021. The annual RIBA award recognises exemplar clients who champion and commission outstanding architecture. 

In 2009, Cambridge Mosque Trust commissioned Marks Barfield Architects to create Cambridge Central Mosque – a breath-taking, highly-sustainable place of worship for the local Muslim community that took over ten years to complete. 

Consisting of an Islamic Garden and prayer hall, with capacity for over 1000 worshippers, it was inspired by Islamic and English architectural traditions and offers a calm oasis to its visitors. Within the main prayer hall wooden columns or ‘trees’, constructed using sustainably sourced timber, support the gothic-style ceiling. Above the columns sit large roof lights, which illuminate the main space. 

Cambridge Central Mosque has been recognised by numerous 2021 RIBA Awards, including four RIBA East Awards, a RIBA National Award and is shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2021

Chair of the RIBA Client of the Year jury, Jo Bacon, said: 

“Cambridge Mosque Trust, spearheaded by Dr Timothy Winter, Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies, and Director of Studies at Wolfson College, demonstrated personal commitment and tenacity to deliver a highly sustainable work of contemporary architecture, which is culturally embedded in the history of those who use the building but also appropriate and generous to the civic life of the city. Cambridge Mosque Trust is a worthy winner of RIBA Client of the Year 2021.” 

The RIBA Client of the Year 2021 jury was chaired by Jo Bacon, Partner at Allies and Morrison; with Dav Bansal Partner at Glenn Howells Architects; and Anthony Dewar Head of Buildings and Architecture at Network Rail.

Banner photo by Morley Von Sternberg


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RIBA Client of the Year 2021 jury

The judges for the RIBA Client of the Year 2021 are:

  • Jo Bacon, Partner, Allies and Morrison (Chair)
  • Dav Bansal, Partner, Glenn Howells Architects
  • Anthony Dewar, Head of Buildings and Architecture, Network Rail (Network Rail, winner of Client of the Year 2019)

2013 - National Trust

2012 - The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)

2011 - The Royal Shakespeare Company

2010 - Hammerson

2009 - Kielder Partnership, Camden & Islington Community Solutions, Parabola Land, 
Grosvenor, Maggie's and The Reverend Nicholas Holtam

2008 - Coin Street Community Builders

2007 - Derwent London

2006 - Royal Botanic Gardens

2005 - Gateshead Council

2004 - Peabody Trust

2003 - City of Manchester

2002 - Urban Splash

2001 - Molendinar Park Housing Association, Glasgow

2000 - Foreign & Commonwealth Office

1999 - Marylebone Cricket Club

1998 - Roland Paoletti