RIBA South Award Winners 2022, Winning Buildings, Best Southern English Architecture Projects

2022 RIBA South Award Winners, UK

Royal Institute of British Architects – British Prize: Buildings + Architects

23 June 2022

RIBA Awards 2022 Winning Buildings and Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects announced the 29 winners of the 2022 RIBA National Awards for architecture. The two winners for the South are:

• Lovedon Fields by john pardey architects

• Masters Field Development by Niall McLaughlin Architects


RIBA Awards

25 + 24 May 2022

2022 RIBA South Building of the Year announced

Cohen Quadrangle at Exeter College, Oxford, designed by Alison Brooks Architects:
Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford - 2022 RIBA South Award Winners
photo © Nick Hufton

2022 RIBA South Award Winner News

Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford by Alison Brooks Architects has been announced as the 2022 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) South Building of the Year.

This project is a 21st century reinvention of the ‘collegiate quadrangle’, the basis of Oxford’s academic and urban fabric. The Oxford quadrangle is an 800-year-old pedagogical model that combines student rooms with teaching spaces, and is organised around landscaped courtyards.

RIBA President, Simon Allford said:

“Winning a regional Building of the Year Award is a major achievement. Across the country projects have been selected for this accolade because they are exemplars of the very best of innovative, intelligent and delightful design.

“The results of positive collaboration between architect and client, and design team and contractor, they demonstrate that high quality, sustainable architecture can positively impact the lives of the people that engage with it. My warmest congratulations to all those involved.”

The RIBA Regional Building of the Year Awards were presented at a ceremony at the RIBA’s Headquarters in London on Tuesday evening (24 May0.

Cohen Quadrangle is one of 13 projects which received a 2022 RIBA South Award, announced earlier this month.

The 2022 RIBA South Award winners were:




Isle of Wight


All RIBA South Award winners will now be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning projects later in the year.

Some of the 2022 RIBA South Award shortlisted buildings:

Island Rest, Isle of Wight
Design: Strom Architects
Island Rest Isle of Wight property
photos by Nick Hufton, Al Crow
Island Rest

Catherine Hughes Building, Somerville College, Woodstock Road
Design: Niall McLaughlin Architects
Catherine Hughes Building England UK
photo courtesy of Brick Awards
Catherine Hughes Building Somerville College Oxford

University of Winchester West Downs Building
Architect: Design Engine Architects
University of Winchester West Downs Building
photo : Jim Stephenson
University of Winchester West Downs Building

2022 RIBA South Award Winners images / information received 240522

Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford

Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford - 2022 RIBA South Award Winners
photo © Paul Riddle

Jury Report

Cohen Quadrangle is an S-shaped building that succeeds in accommodating a very complex brief on a constrained site in a conservation context, and it does so with ambition and vigour.

Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford - 2022 RIBA South Award Winners
photo © Alison Brooks Architects

The clear organisational diagram is designed around a rich spatial sequence at ground floor. This is apparent immediately upon arrival in the porter’s lodge, with a picture window to an outdoor courtyard and amphitheatre, and a view through a glazed CLT arcade that is hard to resist. This is the start of an east-to-west journey through the relatively linear site, and leads to the ‘Learning Commons’ at its heart, a multi-level multi-purpose ‘critical space’ that also connects both courtyards on either side of it. Another theatrical arcade – this time in concrete – leads to an event room, with its dramatic ‘scoopy’ roof that channels a band of south light onto what is the north wall of the site. The lower ground floor includes a triple-height café facing back onto the amphitheatre, and a high-specification archive and archive study room.

Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford - 2022 RIBA South Award Winners
photo © Nick Hufton

Stacked above this dense architectural promenade are three to four storeys of accommodation for living and learning, incorporating views both into the two courtyards and over the slightly lower surrounding townscape.

Externally, the building volume is expressed predominantly as a series of extended mansard roofs (not unlike the Parisian model of steep multi-storey metal roofs). Materially these roofs and walls are defined by a two-tone chequerboard pattern of stainless steel rainscreen shingles. As a whole, the project is a bold and lively addition to the existing building typologies of Oxford colleges.

Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford - 2022 RIBA South Award Winners
photo © Nick Hufton

Title: Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford
RIBA region: South
Architect practice: Alison Brooks Architects – Alison Brooks on e-architect
Date of completion: Jul 2019
Date of occupation: Oct 2018
Client company name: Exeter College, Oxford
Project city/town: Oxford
Contract value: £29,250,000.00
Gross internal area: 5,040.00 m²
Net internal area: 3,580.00 m²
Cost per m²: £5,804.00 / m²
Contractor company name: Mace


Structural Engineers: Civic
Environmental / M&E Engineers: Max Fordham
Conservation Architect : Richard Griffiths Architects
Asset Heritage Consulting: Heritage Consultant
Landscape Architects: Dan Pearson Studio
Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant: Capita
Planning Adviser: Turnberry
Lighting Design: Arup Lighting
Audio Visual Consultant: Snelling
Fire Engineering Consultant: Buro Happold
Wayfinding: Felix de Pass & Michael Montgomery
Arboriculturist: Sylva Consultancy
Contractor: Mace


• RIBA Regional Award
• Regional Award Short List

Alison Brooks Architects

Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Oxford – RIBA South Award Winner in 2022 images / information received 240522

Previously on e-architect:

2018 RIBA South Award Winners

Eight buildings in the South win 2018 architecture awards

RIBA South Awards 2018

Wnning buildings – selection:

Berkshire House, Reading by Gregory Phillips Architects
Berkshire House
photo © Mel Yates

Pheasants, Buckinghamshire by Sarah Griffiths + Amin Taha Architects
Pheasants Buckinghamshire
photo © Tim Soar

Hubert Perrodo Building, St Peter’s College, Oxford by Design Engine Architects
Hubert Perrodo Building
photo © Richard James

The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects
The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre
photo © Keith Barnes

RIBA South Awards 2017

Location: southern England, UK

RIBA Awards Past Winners

RIBA Awards Winning Buildings + Architects
RIBA Awards
Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia | www.e-architect.com
photo © Nick Caville

English Architecture Designs – chronological list

Stirling Prize

Royal Institute of British Architects Awards

RIBA International Awards : Winners

RIBA Special Awards

RIBA Royal Gold Medal

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