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14 Oct 2021

Cambridge Mosque Trust named RIBA Client of the Year 2021

Cambridge Central Mosque, Cambridgeshire, south east England, UK
Design: Marks Barfield Architects
Cambridge Mosque Romsey Building
photo : Morley von Sternberg
Cambridge Central Mosque

Thursday 14 October 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Cambridge Mosque Trust as the winner of the 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.

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23 Sep 2021

RIBA Client of the Year award shortlist revealed

Thursday 23 September 2021 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2021 RIBA Client of the Year award. The annual RIBA award recognises clients that commission and champion outstanding architecture.

2021 RIBA Client of the Year Shortlist

The RIBA Client of the Year 2021 shortlist is:

  • Cambridge Mosque Trust

for Cambridge Central Mosque by Marks Barfield Architects

  • English Heritage

for Tintagel Castle Footbridge by Ney & Partners and William Matthews Associates & Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre (with the Heritage Lottery Fund) by Adam Richards Architects

  • London Borough of Hackney

for Tiger Way by Hawkins\Brown

  • Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick

for Prof Lord Bhattacharyya Building by Cullinan Studio

Chair of the 2021 RIBA Client of the Year award jury Jo Bacon said:

“The Client of the Year shortlist has very strong contenders – some of which are also in the running for the 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize – which show their long-term commitment to the quality of the architecture commissions. Our shortlist demonstrates the courage and commitment of clients, determined to help create something with vision, ambition and innovation.”

The winner of the RIBA Client of the Year 2021 will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony on Thursday 14 October at Coventry Cathedral.

The 2021 jury comprised: Jo Bacon (Chair) Partner at Allies and Morrison; Dav Bansal Partner at Glenn Howells Architects; and Anthony Dewar Head of Buildings and Architecture at Network Rail.

Cambridge Central Mosque, Cambridgeshire, south east England
Design: Marks Barfield Architects
2021 RIBA Client of the Year Shortlist - Cambridge Mosque Romsey Building
photo : Morley von Sternberg
Cambridge Central Mosque

Tintagel Castle Bridge, Cornwall, south west England
Design: Ney & Partners, William Matthews Associates
2021 RIBA Client of the Year Shortlist Tintagel Castle Bridge
photograph © David Levene
Tintagel Castle Bridge

Prof Lord Bhattacharyya Building, Coventry, West Midlands, Central England
Design: Cullinan Studio Architects
2021 RIBA Client of the Year Shortlist - Prof Lord Bhattacharyya Building Coventry
photograph © Nick Hufton
Prof Lord Bhattacharyya Building Coventry

Tiger Way, north east London, south east England
Design: Hawkins\Brown Architects
Tiger Way Hackney housing and school London
photograph : Jack Hobhouse
Tiger Way Hackney housing and school Buildings

Background

Previous winners include Network Rail (2019), Argent LLP (2018), Bedales School (2017), Westmorland Ltd (2016), National Theatre (2015), Manchester Metropolitan University (2014), National Trust (2013) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (2012).

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates www.twitter.com/RIBA

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RIBA Client of the Year Winner

Previous RIBA Client of the Year Winners

RIBA Client of the Year 2018 Winner
London Bridge Station
London Bridge Station – photo © Paul Raftery

RIBA Client of the Year 2018 Winner

RIBA Client of the Year 2018

RIBA Client of the Year 2017

Architectural Designs

RIBA National Awards Winners 2018

RIBA South East Awards Winners 2018
Sibson Building
photo © Quintin Lake

Railway Stations

Client of the Year Award Winner 2010: Hammerson

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