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Launch of Architect’s Eye 2013


Architect’s Eye, a competition which celebrates and encourages photography by architects, has just been launched. The competition, organised by International Art Consultants, is now being held for the fourth time since its launch in 2007.

The competition is open to UK architects and is split into two distinct categories: Architecture and Place and Architecture and People. The former focuses solely on the aesthetics of the architecture and places it creates, while the latter explores and celebrates the interaction of people with the environments created by architects. The winner in each category will receive a weekend break for two anywhere in the EU.


This year the Architect’s Eye Judging Panel is chaired by leading architect Simon Allford, Director at international studio Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Simon is a frequent lecturer and critic in the UK and abroad and he has been Vice President of RIBA (Education), a Chair of Design Review CABE and the Architecture Association. Simon’s recent projects include the Google Headquarters at Kings Cross, the Angel Building, Chobham Academy, The Saatchi Gallery and Yellow Building.
Simon Allford says: ‘I believe architects are great photographers and great photography can help improve architects’ work.  I really enjoyed judging the last competition and I am delighted to be taking on the Chair role this year and continuing to build on the foundations laid by Jack Pringle and Alex Heath’.

Alongside Allford, the prestigious judging panel will be composed of renowned architects Keith Priest (Fletcher Priest Architects), noted architectural photographers Quintin Lake and George Kavanagh, Martine Hamilton Knight (The Royal Photographic Society),Dr Irena Murray (Sir Banister Fletcher Director, British Architectural Library, RIBA) and Amanda Baillieu (BD Editor-in-Chief).

The winning works will be showcased in an exhibition at the Roca London Gallery coinciding with the start of the London Festival of Architecture in July 2013. Architect’s Eye and Roca join forces again following their fruitful partnership during the Architect’s Eye Photography Exhibition in 2012. Roca has come on board this year as the Venue Sponsor by providing the Zaha Hadid designed Roca London Gallery to host the competition awards and exhibition.


Closing date for entries is Tuesday 30th April.




Image credit: Neil Dusheiko – Unite d’Hab