The W Awards are now open for entries. Formerly known as Women in Architecture, the W Awards celebrate exemplary architecture of all kinds. Put forward talented architects or nominate yourself for the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture – open to practice leaders from all over the world under the age of 45, and the MJ Long Prize for Excellence in Practice, awarded to UK-based architects working in practice.
Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture
This award, named in memory of the late Moira Gemmill, celebrates excellence in design and a bright future for designers under the age of 45 from all over the world. The prize is in recognition of an overall body of work with an emphasis on a project completed within the past 18 months.
This year, Ariadna Artigas, Anna Clemente, Eulàlia Daví, Cristina Gamboa, Laura Lluch and Núria Vila, all members of the Barcelona-based cooperative Lacol, were awarded the prize for their work on La Comunal in Barcelona, and their collaborative mode of practice.
Previous winners include: Francesca Torzo (2020); DnA founder Xu Tiantian (2019); Gloria Cabral, partner at Gabinete de Arquitectura (2018); Rozana Montiel (2017); Gabriela Etchegaray, co-founder of Ambrosi Etchegaray (2016); vPPR founders Tatiana von Preussen, Catherine Pease and Jessica Reynolds (2015); Julia King (2014); Olga Felip of Camps Felip (2013); and Hannah Lawson of John McAslan + Partners (2012).
MJ Long Prize for Excellence in Practice
Now in its third year, this prize celebrates architects who are excelling in UK-based practices. Nominees are judged on an overall body of work with an emphasis on a project completed within the past 18 months. This could be a large project for a multinational client or focusing on more modest design interventions within a small practice. Like countless others, MJ Long’s contribution to many of her buildings is often forgotten, including her input to the British Library (1973–98), designed with Colin St John Wilson. The award seeks to recognise the sometimes obscured contribution of architects working within practice.
This year, Alice Brownfield, associate director at Peter Barber Architects, won the MJ Long Prize for the series of new homes and interventions she led at Kiln Place in Camden, while in 2020, Tracy Meller, partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, was awarded the inaugural prize for her work on the Centre Building at the London School of Economics.