Shortlist Announced for Experimental Architectural Award

  • Three individuals and one collaborative practice have been shortlisted for the £10,000 award. The longlist of applicants included artists, architects and designers who are pushing the boundaries of how we explore, experience and create space, and challenge our conception of space as an interface. We are delighted to announce that Holly Hendry, Chris Hildrey, Lawrence Lek and Public Practice were shortlisted.

    Holly Hendry is an artist whose non-traditional architectural approach is permeated by a fascination with rear spaces and open cracks ‘where you can see the gooey insides’ she says.
    Public Practice , is a social enterprise founded by Pooja Agrawal and Finn Williams to improve the quality of everyday places by building the public sector’s capacity of proactive planning. Lawrence Lek’s work explores the changing nature of architectural experience through new technologies such as real-time computer graphics and virtual reality simulations. Lek is interested by ideas around the experience of space, and not just its physical construction. Chris Hildrey is a London based architect whose ongoing project ProxyAddress uses local data to provide homeless people with stable addresses in order to access vital services.

    Initially nominated by established practitioners from the fields of art, design and architecture, the shortlist were selected by architect Amanda Levete, Minimaforms’ director and educator from the AA, Theodore Spyropoulos, and the Design Museum’s lead curator and writer, Justin McQuirk. The winner, along with four other awards in different artforms, will be announced at the Arts Foundation Awards which will be held at the ICA on the 28th January 2019.

    To celebrate this new award the shortlist will be showing some of their work at the Architectural Association in London from 1st to 17th November along
    with a free talk where the shortlist will speak about their practice alongside a panel chaired by Justin McQuirk. For more information visit