The Building Beauty Awards announces new judges and international prize


The Building Beauty Awards has announced two new judges and an exciting new international prize at the World Architecture Festival
The Building Beauty Awards has announced two new judges and an exciting new international prize at the World Architecture Festival. Image: The graduate centre at St Catherine’s College Oxford

The Building Beauty Awards have announced the appointment of Rory Sutherland and Theo Fennell as the latest judges to join the award scheme’s already prestigious panel of forward-thinkers.

The Building Beauty Awards welcome these two new high-profile judges to a panel chaired by one of Britain’s foremost design critics, Stephen Bayley Hon FRIBA, and otherwise comprising architectural commentator Paul Finch OBE, architectural writer Clive Aslet and cultural historian Kassia St. Clair.

Vice-Chairman of Ogilvy UK and Columnist for The Spectator, Rory Sutherland, is a lateral thinker focusing on the concept of creativity. Over the years, Rory has been President of the IPA, Chair of the Judges for the Direct Jury at Cannes and a regular contributor at TED Global.

Theo Fennell is One of the UK’s most exceptional jewellery designers and the Founder, Owner and Creative Director of Theo Fennell Ltd. From his background of creating some of the most beautiful bespoke jewellery and silverware, Theo will offer a unique perspective on beauty in our built environment.

As well as promoting design excellence in the UK, The Building Beauty Awards will now be expanding its reach to a global audience, with the launch of an International Building Beauty prize at the World Architecture Festival.

The winner of the UK Building Beauty Awards will automatically be shortlisted for the first global prize to be awarded in Lisbon in December 2022, providing the opportunity to showcase Britain’s architectural beauty on a world stage.

The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest annual international architectural event, comprising three days of keynote talks, awards, and fringe events, featuring leading global architectural thinkers and industry personalities. There is no better platform in the architectural world than this event, and the new prize presents an exciting opportunity for global exposure for the winning architect.

Launched by The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust and sponsored by leading developer Ballymore, the Building Beauty Awards celebrate buildings, engineering structures and urban landscaping schemes that add beauty to our environment.

Everyone, from architects to members of the public, is welcome to submit an entry free of charge at the Building Beauty Awards website. The deadline for entries is the end of March 2022.

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