The Sibson Building at the University of Kent has been awarded an RIBA National Award today, in addition to its triple award win at last month’s Awards dinner, where it won the ‘RIBA South East Award’, the ‘RIBA South East Building of the Year’ and the ‘RIBA South East Project Architect Award’ for Senior Architect Michael Fostiropoulos.

RIBA Judges commented “This is a very thoughtful building, with a clear architectural concept which has been rigorous enough to withstand the project development and budgetary constraints… The quality of detailing is impressive, particularly as the contract was Design & Build. It was evident that the relationship between the design team and contractor was good, with shared aspirations helped by good communication of design intent.

Likewise, there seemed to be a strong sense of trust and respect between client and architect and when we met them the architect’s passion and enthusiasm was infectious. We found it enjoyable to hear them speak about their ideas and we felt this was an impressive team collaboration.

Overall, this is an exemplary education building embodying creativity with an intelligent and responsible approach.”

RIBA National Awards are given to buildings across the UK for their national significance and contribution to architecture. All RIBA National Award winners will be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.