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Architecture Professor Wins Major Award
shimmering block of apartments in a struggling London neighborhood has won top
honors in the 2011 Brick Awards, one of the most well-established
and respected design awards in the UK. The 31–32 Dolben Street project designed
by Association of Ideas (AOI), the London firm run by longtime
Architecture Professor Peter Tagiuri, won in the category Best Housing
Development, 1–5 units.
six-story building, which features a copper-glazed brick shell and sustainable
solar technologies, stood out among the small-scale housing projects in the
competition. “In a category which has traditionally been won by a single family
house, this tightly planned block of apartments – just one per floor –
intrigued the jury by the way it maximized the potential of its constricted
urban site,” jurors noted in awarding the prize. “It also challenged convention
by introducing an unexpected shimmering surface of green glazed brick on its
two street elevations.”
Awards, held each year by the Brick Development Association, honors excellence in design and
construction using brick. The competition recognizes work in 15 different
categories, from best commercial and public buildings to best craftsmanship and
most innovative use of brick and clay products.
Managing Partner Jonathan Lovett, who
has taught at RISD in the past, says his firm took particular pride in making the project a reality, working “in some of the most difficult economic
circumstances to create a high-quality, memorable and distinctive design.” Part
of an urban revitalization program, the housing development was built in the
south London neighborhood of Camberwell, known for its upscale Georgian
mansions but also for areas of deep poverty.
practicing architect, Tagiuri has partnered with firms around the world, from
London to Paris to Tokyo and Hangzhou, China. His ongoing building projects
include structures in China, England, France, Japan, North Africa and the US.
Tagiuri, who headed the Architecture department from 2002–06, has taught at
RISD since 1987.
2011 Brick Awards
Association of Ideas
Peter Tagiuri's website