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AJ120 Award Architype with Sustainability Accolade

Congratulations to PHT Patron member, Architype, who have won the AJ120 Most Sustainable Practice, and were also shortlisted for Employer of the Year. 

The annual AJ100 survey has been running for 20 years and offers a timely snapshot of the UK architectural profession over the previous calendar year, and measures the level of optimism among practices for the year to come. This year the survey was extended to the 120 largest practices in the UK,  to commemorate the AJ's 120th birthday.

Architype collect AJ120 award

Architype win AJ120 Sustainable Practice

Architype have an outstanding commitment to sustainable design, as demonstrated by exemplar buildings, as well as industry-leading research and engagement. Judges did questioned the repetitive nature of Architype’s boxy building forms for thermal efficiency, but Architype’s 2014 sustainable achievements made it a standout winner beating strong competition.


  • Architype

  • Arup Associates

  • Haworth Tompkins     

  • Page\Park

  • PLP Architecture

  • Sheppard Robson

The judges observed the practice is ‘finessing its architectural language’ with:

  • The completion of the Hereford Archives in 2014.
  • Archihaus development arm pioneering an alternative future for sustainable housing
  • The thatch-clad Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia completing this month.

The firm aims to guarantee performance on its buildings by 2020. 



The practice’s relentless pursuit of pragmatic innovation and continual learning from past projects have enabled it to deliver what director Jonathan Hines terms ‘credible sustainability’ at no additional cost.

L-R: Enterprise Centre, Hereford Record & Archive Centre


  • Marion Baeli, partner, Paul Davis + Partners (now PDP London)

  • Meredith Bowles, director, Mole

  • Hattie Hartman, AJ sustainability editor

  • Carl Turner, director, Carl Turner Architects


Further Information

Architects Journal

4th June 2015

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