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The 2021 Excellence Award Winners

The 2021 Excellence Award Winners

Once again, the Schüco Excellence Awards attracted high numbers of quality entries from a broad range of practices, despite the hardships and uncertainty caused by the pandemic. A key theme that came to the fore in this year’s jury discussion was that excellent facade design requires a multitude of carefully considered and well-coordinated elements – not least creativity, innovation, technical expertise and skilful execution.

Invariably this necessitates an adaptable specialist contractor with a can-do attitude and a responsive manufacturer with high-performance products and systems. Close collaboration between these expert parties and design teams can result in extraordinarily expressive and successful facades – as evidenced by the award winners.

In light of the current climate emergency, good daylighting and energy performance remain critically important when it comes to facade design. The need, therefore, to adopt an integrated and collaborative approach, focused on design and innovation, cannot be overstated and sums up the spirit of the Schüco

Meet the judges

The 2021 jury, chaired by Architecture Today editor Isabel Allen, comprised architects Ingrid Petit, Carol Patterson, Daniel Mulligan, and Hazel Joseph (all previous Schüco award
winners), environmental designer Innes Johnston, as well as Steve Mudie and Harry Montrésor, both with specialist knowledge of facade design. Danny Fitzgerald, national
architectural manager at Schüco, provided additional technical insight

In their assessment of the entries, the judges looked for evidence of four key qualities:

Creativity – Does the project demonstrate design quality, whether on a macro and/or micro scale?

Innovation – Is there evidence of significant innovation in terms of design, detail or construction expertise?

Technical skill – Does the project show high levels of technical skill in its detailed design and/or assembly?

Creative collaboration – Does the project demonstrate a productive and creative collaboration between the designer, specialist contractor and/or manufacturer?


Hazel Joseph

Associate Director


Associate director at AHMM, whose BBC Television Centre project won the Refurbishment category in the 2019 Schüco Awards. She recently led the design and development of the Capital Building at Nine Elms in London.

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Harry Montrésor


Montrésor Partnership

Partner at the Montrésor Partnership with extensive experience and expertise in working with cladding systems on new and existing buildings as both an architect and façade consultant.

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Steve Mudle



Partner at cost consultant Alinea with extensive experience in the curtain walling industry. He provides strategic advice on façade solutions across all market sectors.

Carol Patterson

Carol Patterson



Director at OMA, whose Brighton College project won the Education and Health Buildings category in the 2020 Schüco Awards. Current
projects include The Factory, a performing arts centre in Manchester.

Daniel Mulligan

Daniel Mulligan


Glenn Howells Architects

Partner at Glenn Howells Architects, whose English National Ballet project was the overall winner of the 2020 Schüco Awards. He recently led the London City Island project comprising more than 1,700 new homes.

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Ingrid Petit


Feilden Fowles

Associate at Feilden Fowles, whose Fratry scheme won the
Cultural Building category at the 2020 Schüco Awards. Current
projects include a centrepiece hall for the National Railway
Museum in York.P

Innes Johnston

Innes Johnston

Senior partner

Max Fordham

Senior partner at Max Fordham with substantial experience of working on high-profile cultural and arts buildings, including Bristol Old Vic. He is also a keen advocate of Soft Landings.

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Isabel Allen


Archtecture Today

Editor of Architecture Today and editorial director of BEAM (Built Environment and Architecture Media). She is a member of the National Panel for the Civic Trust Awards and an honorary fellow of the RIBA.