5th November 2004





The University of Lincoln’s new £10m School of Architecture building has scooped a ‘highly commended’ award for design from the east midlands branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


The prestigious new annual RIBA: Ibstock EM Awards, now in their second year, celebrate the finest examples of architectural excellence in the east midlands region.


Designed by Rick Mather Architects of London, the Lincoln School of Architecture was opened last year and represents the first phase of a masterplan for the university’s Brayford Pool campus.


Since the new school opened in September 2003 the number of students enrolling on the University of Lincoln’s Architecture degree has increased by 100 per cent.


The RIBA EM Awards are potentially the most prestigious regional awards for the built environment.


Sponsored by Ibstock Brick Ltd, the scheme promotes the design skills of architects by bringing creative, exemplary and pleasing architecture to the public’s attention.


A panel of judges comprising RIBA members and lay representatives from adjacent regions chose the winners. The awards were presented by George Ferguson, national president of the RIBA, at a prestigious event last night (Thursday).


“It was encouraging to discover the wealth of pleasing and competent recent architecture from all parts of the east midlands region,” said Keith Clark, chairman of RIBA East Midlands.


“The quality of entries into the EM Awards confirms the high standards of design work being undertaken by RIBA architects within and beyond the east midlands.”


In July the Lincoln School of Architecture building was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Buildings Award and last year The Times nominated the architecture school as its favourite new building of 2003.


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