The annual RIBA Charles Jencks Award is given to an individual or practice, that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture. This year's winner, Niall McLaughlin is described by Charles Jencks as "a great inspiration for architects today, especially the young, because of his masterful skill in drawing from all traditions – classicism, modernism, postmodernism - all the “isms” are under his belt, not on his back, and he extends them all through the commitment to architecture as an art and professional practice.”
Niall will deliver the 2016 RIBA Jencks Award lecture. This will be chaired by Charles Jencks and will include the award presentation as well as a Q&A with Niall following the lecture.
About the winner:
Niall McLaughlin established his practice in London in 1990. Niall McLaughlin Architects is now a studio of around 30 architects based in Camden, London. Significant projects include the Bandstand (Bexhill 2001), Pier Cafe (Deal 2006), Dirk Cove House (Cork 2004), ARC Building (Hull 2005), Goleen House (Cork 2008), Bishop Edward King Chapel (Oxford 2013), Olympic Athletes' Housing (London 2012), Peabody Housing (Whitechapel 2015), and Somerville Student Residence (Oxford 2010). Niall is currently working on museum designs for the Natural History Museum in London and Auckland Castle in Durham.
Niall won Young British Architect of the Year in 1998. He was named as one of the BBC's Rising Stars in 2001 and his work represented Britain in a US exhibition Gritty Brits at the Carnegie Mellon Museum. Niall was made a Honorary Royal Designer for Industry (2015) and he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale Architettura 2016. Niall is Professor of Architectural Practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He was a visiting professor at the University of California Los Angeles from 2012-2013, and was appointed Lord Norman Foster Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale for 2014-2015.