Britain's Best Architects
The aim of the Britain's Best Architects website is to help clients compile short lists of outstanding architects for important projects, large or small. The website was launched in September 2011 and is updated annually as each set of RIBA Awards is published.
With more than 3,000 RIBA Chartered Architectural
Practices in the UK, it is very difficult for a client to sift through these to
find outstanding firms which have relevant experience.
OUR METHOD OF SELECTION
To help clients through this process, we have identified those firms which are an RIBA Chartered Practice and have won at least three RIBA National Awards for UK projects since 2000. We describe these firms as Britain's Best Architects.
The RIBA Awards scheme is only one measure of design quality. But we think it is a reasonably good one. The scheme has been run by the Royal Institute of British Architects continuously since 1966, and is widely regarded as the 'gold standard' of contemporary British architecture.
The buildings are judged by shortlisting panels in each of the ten regions of the UK, who produce a list of buildings to be visited by the region's jury. The juries, which contain lay members as well as architects, visit each shortlisted project, talking to clients and users and assessing design excellence.
To help clients choose which firms to shortlist among Britain's Best Architects, we have produced separate lists showing which of these firms has won at least one RIBA Award since 2000 in each of 28 categories of building type. These are set out at the blue 'Lists by building type' button to the left.
Each of these 'building type' lists produces a manageable number of firms which clients can consider for inclusion in their shortlists.
The list is not intended to be exclusive, and we would urge you also to consider
for inclusion in your short list local firms and younger firms which may not be
included in our list. The RIBA publishes a complete online directory of RIBA
TRAFFIC AND SEARCH PERFORMANCE
The Britain's Best Architects website was launched in October 2011. For monthly traffic statistics, please click here.
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Although this website is primarily intended as a service to clients, we hope it
will be of value to architectural students and to everyone with an interest in the best of
contemporary British architecture.
The Britain's Best Architects website is edited by Dr Alex Reid, who was from
1993 to 2000 the Director General of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
He studied architecture at Cambridge University and University College London,
and was from 1990-93 the Chairman of Council of the Royal College of Art. He was
a non-executive director of MJP Architects.
The Britain's Best Architects website is
published by Extonet Ltd. Based in Cambridge, Extonet publishes informational websites,
mostly related to the UK and USA construction industries. They include:
Dr Alex Reid
Editor, Britain's Best Architects
79 Grantchester Meadows
Cambridge CB3 9JL
Tel: 07748 654008
Email: aalreid followed by @ followed by gmail.com
Britain's Best Architects listed by building type: Arts Centres, Botanical, Bridges, Car Parks, Civic Buildings, Community Centres, Conference Centres, Conservation, Further Education, Healthcare, Hotels, Housing, Industrial, Libraries, Mixed Use, Museums & Galleries, Offices, Private Houses, Public Art & Memorials, Religious, Retail, Schools, Sports, Theatres & Concert Halls, Transport, Universities, Urban Design, Visitor Centres.
Publisher: The Britain's Best Architects website is published by Extonet Ltd. It is edited by Dr Alex Reid, formerly Director General of the Royal Institute of British Architects.