FCBStudios has been shortlisted for three BD Architect of the Year Awards: Higher Education Architect, Education Architect (nursery - sixth form) and Refurbishment Architect of the Year.
Higher Education buildings have evolved post-pandemic. As the digital world makes it easier to collaborate, the physical environment must keep up – there has to be a reason to go there. It is more important than ever to ensure that our HE buildings are designed for internal and external collaboration, providing flexible space fit for future change and with student wellbeing in mind.
This is the second year running FCBStudios has been shortlisted in this category, showing our experience of evolving themes in learning, teaching and student life which continues to drive our design decisions in this sector, adding to our already strong portfolio with projects including the University of Warwick Faculty of Arts, Central Quad for TU Dublin, SODA and Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, Bristol University.
Schools reflect our social, environmental, and architectural values. We design our schools as civic buildings to enrich the lives of those who use them and the communities they serve. Our most recent portfolio of school buildings, including Royal Wharf Primary School, City of London Academy Shoreditch Park, Aga Khan Academy Dhaka, and a net zero nursery for the University of Staffordshire.
Retaining, retro-fitting and intensifying the use of existing buildings is a key means to tackle the climate emergency, whilst enhancing historical character and social and economic capital. We consider that conservation and design are inseparable and that the re-use of buildings is an integral part of creating sustainable architecture.
Life has been reinjected into recent projects such as Bath Abbey, Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, the ongoing renovation of Brighton Dome and the Roman Baths Clore Learning Centre in Bath, ensuring their physical futures, and providing significant improvements in accessibility, sustainability and hospitality. Each building reaffirming its position as a key cultural destination.
Awards will be announced on 18 October.