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awards & prizes

Working collaboratively is the mainstay of how we work whether with live projects, or pushing the boundaries more freely in competitions. We are pleased to have won awards for work on our own account, as well as in our collaborations on built projects with Glenn Howells Architects and JTP, and Anne Thorne Architects Partnership, and competitions with S333, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, Chris Moller Architecture + Urbanism (NZ), Bird Portchmouth Russam, BBM Sustainable Design, Atelier Kempe Thill (Holland), Big House Architects (Holland), D Paysage (France), Metropolitan Workshop, Hogger Hare, and Hawkins Brown.

Invariably we apply a simultaneous consideration of macro, meso and micro scales of intervention within a clear framework informs everything we do, it is a way of seeking to reconcile complex systems and a less is more/doing more with less paradox. From the earliest days we were addressing Climate change, brownfield land, biodiversity, energy saving, food and wellbeing. We attempt to combine a comprehension of environmental complexity with a rational approach that keeps people very much to the fore, because we are creating social places for people, not objects. Innovation and simplicity, as opposed to conventional value engineered and the simplistic are our goals.


Docklands Masterplanning Competition - Prize Winner
Luke Engleback, Roger Cooper, and Alessio Russo collaborated on an idea for a floating garden city populating over 90 hectares of the Royal Docks in London. Our proposals were exhibited at Ecobuild 2014, and presented in a seminar hosted by the Landscape institute (12.5.14), and will be part of the Architects for Humanity exhibition of London projects to be held at Somerset House in the autumn of 2014.


Orti Per Tutti Competition - 2nd Prize
From over 80 entries, the Studio won second prize for is strategic framework and design of three urban parks in Bologna, Italy. The designs include space for urban food, recreation and learning.

CPRE Gloucestershire Awards
Applewood, Cashes Green won this award ‘‘for a thoroughly contemporary approach to volume house building, that reflects best practice in place-making by integrating efficient house design, and the natural and built assets of the site to create a new community.


Sustainable Water Industry Award (SWIG)
Winner (Newbuild) The Triangle, Swindon
Shortlisted (Newbuild) Watercolour, SurreyThe Triangle site (completed 2011) was the first completed project of Channel 4 presenter Kevin McCloud’s company HAB, a low cost social scheme with 43 dwellings. Working with Paul Menzies of Curtins Consulting the scheme embodied the principles of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), in which almost all this brownfield site either harvested, or retained rainwater to irrigate gardens, bolster biodiversity and save on carbon emissions. Watercolour, a scheme for 520 dwellings on a brownfield site was started in 2003 used water as a central feature as a stream, canal and reed beds, it restored settling lagoons for wildlife, and ‘daylighted’ a culverted stream.

RIBA Guerillas in the Midst Competition
Short listed working with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects for a vertical farm in Kings Cross, LondonThe task was an esquisse and presentation to the directors of developers Argent, in front of an audience of 250, for the new siting of an urban farm used as an outreach project. Our scheme used the Studios experience in rooftop allotments and edible streets to populated the walks and roof of a proposed building in Granary Square at the heart of Kings Cross, London.

Great Fen Visitor Centre Competition
Runner up (2nd) working with Bird Portchmouth Russam.
Selected initially from over 200 entries in a blind selection, we came second in the final line up of five practices for a visitor centre that almost floats over an analogue of the fenland landscape, like the locally iconic fenland spider


Green Apple Awards for Built Environment & Architectural Heritage: Gold Winner
Graylingwell Park, Chichester with JTP architectsThis project, which is on-going, is for over 700 homes both new and in refurbished buildings of a former Victorian hospital with a listed landscape adjacent to the South Downs National Park. The first phase included passiv solar houses by JTP with a complementary edible ‘home zone’ street. The wider scheme included plans for the reconstruction of the part of the therapeutic landscape adjacent to retained buildings, a site wide, biodiverse, WSUD approach to drainage, and integration into the sensitive urban/rural edge of the city.

RIBA National Awards: Winner
The Triangle, Swindon, with Glenn Howells ArchitectsThis was the first completed project for Channel 4 presenter Kevin McCloud’s company HAB, that was informed by One Planet Living ideals

RIBA South West Awards for Sustainability: Winner The Triangle, Swindon, with Glenn Howells Architects

Civic Trust Awards: Commendation

The Triangle, Swindon, with Glenn Howells Architects


Architects Journal Top Ten Sustainability Issues for 2011
“Studio Engleback’s creative work at Glenn Howells
Triangle, Swindon” (AJ 10.11.11)

Australian Future Proofing Schools - Winner Special Award for Sustainability
with Chris Moller (CMA+U New Zealand)
The ideas for a demountable school used Chris’ innovative ‘Clickraft’ light weight timber building system allied to water harvesting for thermal mass, hot and cold courts to create air movement, and ‘edible’ walls to create a low environmental impact, comfortable, learning environment.

Landscape Institute Awards : Winner Communications
“Grow 2 Eat... a document to inspire residents of the Triangle, Swindon”
A self published book, currently being revised for digital sale explained ot the new residents Why we designed an edible neighbourhood, Where thy could find the food, How to look after it and how to cook and enjoy it. The original book was given out with four packets of seeds to encourage growing in the kitchen gardens we had designed and sharing produce.


Landscape Institute Awards : Winner Strategic Landscape Planning
Greater Ashford Development Framework & Landscape Character Study
This was a pioneering, landscape led approach to inform Urban Initiatives urban framework based on a 20 month field by field assessment of 120 km2 around the market town of Ashford in Kent. The landscape characterisation and assessment of relative sensitivity informed our option appraisal of the expansion and the strategic environmental design codes that we also wrote for the 30 year development plan fro 32000 new homes and 28000 new jobs. It also informed a WSUD approach informed by subtly different landscape characters, and the way to deal with sewage whilst creating up to 100% of net zero carbon energy to heat homes and raise high value crops.


CABE Life: Gold Award
Transformation of a 1970s sink Estate: Warwick House/Boatmah Walk, Brixton with the Anne Thorne Architects team

Larvik Waterfront, Norway : 2nd Prize
Proposals with Metropolitan Workshop for a new waterfront using a former ferry terminal


Brookfield Road Estate, London: First Prize
Design ideas to retrofit a sink Estate in East London, led by Piercy Conner Architects


Hardwick Park Visitor Centre, Northumberland: First Prize
led by Hogger Hare Architects


Aomori Residential, Japan: Second Prize
led by AKT, Rotterdam
A scheme with a landscape that captured anabatic and catabatic winds for ventilation


Canterbury Sustainable Primary School: First Prize
Learning through landscape with rooftop kitchen garden, rooftop grey water cleaning wetland, edible playground and water harvesting – the approach now terms WSUD. With BBM Sustainable Design & Buro Happold

Europan 6, Urban Infill, Roubaix, France: Honerable Mention
A WSUD approach to surface water runoff creating a central lake with the urban block, using vegetal walls as biodiverse cooling devises /brise soleil with Rotterdam based architects Atelier Kempe +Thill.


Grenoble City Centre: First Prize
Ideas for a vegetal roof, wall, atrium and streetscape to provide summer cooling for a masterplan led by S.333.


Skarholmen & Osterberger neighbourhood regeneration, Sweden
Honerable Mention, with Onix Arkitekter and Chris Moller for retrofitting a 1970s system build estate with an exoskeleton to make the dwellings more flexible for larger immigrant families and the introduction of a productive and biodiverse urban landscape between housing and tower blocks.

Hackney Town Hall Square
Finalists with HawkinsBrown,


Europan 5, Kop van Zuid, urban regeneration, Rotterdam, Holland: First Prize
led by Atelier Kempe Thill. An internal woodland atrium for cleaning air to a series of blocks lining a commuter highway into the city, with ideas for biotic treatment of grey water to irrigate it.

Europan 5 Polderweggebied, Amsterdam, urban regeneration: Second Prize
Using phyto-remediation techniques to systematically clean a brownfield site and create specific characteristics in a new housing area, informed by the wider grid of the surrounding polders with Big House Architecture Studio (Amsterdam).


Gallipoli International Peace Park, Turkey: 3rd Prize
with Chris Moller
An ideas competition for a National Park with thousands of years of history from ancient Greece to the birth of the modern Turkish State after the dreadful losses of the First World War. The area included 7 settlements and our proposals ’wove a carpet’ of diverse threads including addressing forest fire risk, rebuilding degraded soils, improving hydrology (including solar stills for passiv conversion of sea water for irrigation) to boost agricultural productivity, overlaid by a trail to celebrate ancient and modern history and the ‘genius of the place’ and create jobs to retain a migrating population.


Floreales D’Angers, France: 2nd Prize
Proposals for a ‘mandala’ landscape in the central hall that celebrated the seasons, earth wind fire and water - with D Paysage, France (1996)

A common thread runs through all these award winning schemes – our quest to find out how to do more with less, to celebrate culture and people.

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