Architecture Foundation Next Generation 2008 directory

LLA were one of 25 practices short listed for the award and selected for inclusion in a catalogue which, according to the organisers represents a range of exceptional architects who can bring new thinking to the design of commercial buildings, and who have a huge amount to contribute to demanding commercial projects.

The criteria for selection were:
- a committed and coherent approach to design
- talent, sensitivity, ability to inspire, conceptual acuity, architectural skill
- potential to work on large commercial projects
- evidence of ability to deliver projects on time and on budget

Excerpts from Foreword & Introduction, NGA brochure:
"When Pipers and The Architecture Foundation started Next Generation Architects in 2004, it was an adventure. We knew that the architects we were supporting were great, but we didn’t know how much of a market there would be for them in the commercial world.

Four years later, the world of property has dramatically moved. There is an appetite for creative talent, demonstrated by the fact that the likes of Foreign Office Architects, who would once have been consigned to an art-house ghetto, are delivering substantial projects for John Lewis and in the City of London.

Next Generation is about finding the next wave of practices like Foreign Office, and many of the practices we have supported have been commissioned by leading property companies. The Corporation of London and the London Development Agency have been partners in projects related to Next Generation Architects. We now find, in our jury sessions, that it is often the commercial clients on the panel who support the most daring choices.

Next Generation Architects demonstrates that the creative skill and diversity of British architecture continues to be renewed by new talent. We believe that the practices on these pages have a huge amount to contribute to demanding commercial projects."
Rowan Moore, Director, The Architecture Foundation

"The award also has a broader role, which is to provide a directory of architects for commercial clients... the directory is a way of identifying young firms who have shown they can deliver buildings, and to a quality that has convinced the jury they’re ready to move to a larger scale."
Amanda Baillieu, Editor, Building Design

2008 Jury
Rowan Moore (Chair), Director, The Architecture Foundation
Amanda Baillieu, Editor, Building Design
Jon Emery, Managing Director UK Development, Hammerson
Jeremy Gardner, Director City Invest, Jones Lang LaSalle
Nick McKeogh, Director, Pipers
Ian Simpson, Ian Simpson Architects