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Architecture graduates named as rising stars
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Architecture graduates named as rising stars

written by Richard Allen | 5 February 2020
Nick Tyrer (BA (Hons) Architecture, 2009 and MArch, 2012) and Benni Allan (BA (Hons) Architecture, 2011) have been named in the RIBA Journal Rising Stars 2019 list.
Nick Tyrer (BA (Hons) Architecture, 2009 and MArch, 2012) and Benni Allan (BA (Hons) Architecture, 2011) have been named in the RIBA Journal Rising Stars 2019 list.
Nick Tyrer (BA (Hons) Architecture, 2009 and MArch, 2012) and Benni Allan (BA (Hons) Architecture, 2011) have been named in the RIBA Journal Rising Stars 2019 list.

They beat off competition from across the country to be included in the cohort of emerging architects which celebrates innovative practitioners who are excelling in the studio and beyond.

Nick Tyrer is associate director at Pattern Design, an architecture practice focused on innovative rule-based parametric design.

Nick’s innovative approach to computational design, research and development were key in setting him apart from other contenders with judges pronouncing it ‘sophisticated stuff’.

Group of young people receiving awards

Nick said: “Over the last few years I have had the privilege to work on a range of fantastic projects around the world. From Music Festivals to World Cup Stadia. I have always endeavoured to create bold, fun and joyful public spaces.

“To receive this prestigious award from RIBA, is a massive personal achievement, and my hope is that this recognition allows me to pursue new opportunities and exciting commissions in the future.”

Nick has also been teaching on the Abstract Machines studio of Leeds Beckett for the past six years. In 2018 Nick led the Greatham Creek Hide Project, a live project that gave students hands-on experience of a challenging design that fully utilised digital fabrication. The project has been nominated for a RIBA NE Award and Winner of a Structural Steel Design Award.

Benni Allan runs his own architecture practice, EBBA Architects, and has worked with institutions including Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery, Bold Tendencies, the Roundhouse and the V&A.

Benni was commended for his simple but effective low-tech and social solutions and his collaborative approach to design and delivery.

Benni said: “I feel very humbled by being chosen for this award and it is a privilege to share it with a group of other architects I respect highly.

“We have only really been running a studio for just over two years and this recognition is something that helps to reinforce the ideas that we are trying to develop as a practice.

“It is with the support of a great team, ambitious clients and a wide collaborative network that we are able to deliver the projects we are doing.”