The 2022 RIBA National Awards have just been revealed, crowning 29 UK buildings as the year’s finest selection of architectural projects. The winners include works that span different parts of the country, and tackle many scales and typologies; yet they are united by common threads of innovation, sustainability, and a focus on community-building. 

The list of winners – which is diverse in many ways but falls short when it comes to racial diversity and gender balance – spans projects such as the redesign of a traditional village pub in North Yorkshire (The Alice Hawthorn); a remodelled London landmark (BFI Riverfront); fabulous family homes (House at Lough Beg in Northern Ireland is a striking example); a net-zero-carbon office building in the City of London (100 Liverpool Street); a viewing tower in Suffolk (Sutton Hoo); and the UK’s first secondary school to achieve ‘Passivhaus’ eco status (Harris Academy Sutton). 

BFI Riverfront, Carmody Groarke
BFI Riverfront by Carmody Groarke. Photography: Luke Haye

2022 RIBA National Award winners 

  • 100 Liverpool Street by Hopkins Architects (London) 
  • Aisher House, Sevenoaks School by Tim Ronalds Architects (South East) 
  • BFI Riverfront by Carmody Groarke (London) 
  • Creek House, Cornwall, by Seth Stein Architects Ltd (South West) 
  • Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus by Reiach and Hall Architects (Scotland) 
  • Guildford Crematorium by Haverstock (South East) 
  • Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road by Henley Halebrown (London) 
  • Harris Academy, Sutton, by Architype (London) 
  • Hawley Wharf by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (London) 
  • High Sunderland by Loader Monteith (Scotland) 
  • House at Lough Beg by McGonigle McGrath (Northern Ireland) 
  • Ibstock Place School Refectory by Maccreanor Lavington (London) 
  • Kiln Place by Peter Barber Architects (London) 
  • LB Southwark SILS3 by Tim Ronalds Architects (London) 
  • Lovedon Fields by John Pardey Architects (South) 
  • Magdalene College Library by Niall McLaughlin Architects (East) 
  • Masters Field Development by Niall McLaughlin Architects (South) 
  • Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, by Panter Hudspith Architects (London) 
  • Quarry Studios by Moxon Architects (Scotland) 
  • Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mæ Architects (London) 
  • St John’s Church, Hackney, by Thomas Ford & Partners (London) 
  • Suffolk Cottage by Haysom Ward Miller Architects (East) 
  • Surbiton Springs by Surman Weston (London) 
  • Sutton Hoo by Nissen Richards Studio (East) 
  • The Alice Hawthorn by De Matos Ryan (Yorkshire) 
  • The Fratry by Feilden Fowles (North West) 
  • The Mitchell Building at Skinners’ School by Bell Phillips Architects (South East) 
  • The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects (East Midlands) 
  • Winsford Cottage Hospital by Benjamin+Beauchamp Architects (South West) 
Peter Womersley’s High Sunderland restored by Loader Monteith
Peter Womersley’s High Sunderland restored by Loader Monteith. Photography: Dapple

RIBA president Simon Allford says: ‘At a time when we need to bring people together and plan for a sustainable future, this year’s RIBA National Award-winning buildings offer much hope. This is a powerful collection of buildings that show, despite the economic, political and social turmoil of the last few years, how great architecture can emerge even in challenging conditions. As we start to settle from the pandemic, I am particularly encouraged by the number and quality of new buildings designed to foster community. From local cultural hubs to reinvigorated accessible arts venues, these projects demonstrate the power of good architecture to lift spirits and enhance lives.

‘I’m very pleased to see new and innovative solutions to meet the ever-growing demand for high-quality, energy-efficient homes, showing what can be achieved by forward-thinking clients. It is particularly inspiring to see the UK’s first secondary school to achieve ‘Passivhaus’ eco-accreditation amongst our winners – a benchmark for investment in sustainable education buildings. I congratulate every client, architect and construction team for their achievements.’ §

kiln place by peter barber
Kiln Place by Peter Barber. Photography: Morley von Sternberg

House at Lough Beg exterior

House at Lough Beg by McGonigle McGrath. Photography: Aidan McGrath

Harris Academy, Sutton, Architype

Harris Academy, Sutton, by Architype. Photography: Jack Hobhouse

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