This Award commemorates CAA’s first President Sir Robert Matthew and recognises innovative contributions to the development of architecture, in the Commonwealth context. The award is to be made to an architect or architectural office making the most outstanding contribution having particular relevance to the country or region in which the architect or architectural office operates.

In 2000 the award went to Ken Yeang with TR Hamzah and Yeang of Malaysia with a commendation to Roland Paoletti and the London Transport Jubilee Line Extension in-house architectural team.

Past winners:

Philip Cox of Australia (1983)
Arup Associates of UK (1985)
Raj Rewal of India (1989)
Hampshire County Council of UK (1991)
Ian Ritchie Architects of UK (1994)
Greg Burgess Architects of Australia (1997)
TR Hamzah and Yeang of Malaysia (2000)
Balkrishna Doshi of India (2003)

Conditions of the Award

1.       The award is given once in the term of each Council elected by the Assembly of CAA and is awarded on appropriate occasions at the time of Assembly meetings.

2.       The award is to recognise innovative contributions to the development of architecture, especially in the Commonwealth context, by an architect or architectural practice being members of one of the architectural institutes or associations, which are members of the Commonwealth Association of Architects.

3.       The award is to be made to an architect or architectural office making the most outstanding contribution to the development of architecture having particular relevance to the country or region in which the architect or architectural office operates.

4.       The award may be made for cumulative contributions made over the current session of the CAA Council and the immediately preceding session from submissions made by the Councils of the member institutes.

5.       Each member institute will make one nomination, not necessarily restricted to the members of that institute or association.

6.       The nomination to be submitted to the Secretary of the Commonwealth Association of Architects with appropriate supporting material two months prior to the date set for the penultimate Council meeting held prior to the General Assembly in the year of the award.

7.       The awards shall be judged by a jury of two members of the profession and one layman, appointed by the President of the Commonwealth Association of Architects for each award.

[toggle title=”Robert Matthew Award 2000″]Kenneth Yeang of TR Hamzah and Yeang was presented with The Commonwealth Association of Architects Robert Matthew Award by CAA President Phillip Kungu following Yeang’s lecture to the Commonwealth Association of Architects/ New Zealand Institute of Architects Conference ‘Vision Re Vision’ which looked forward to the shape of architecture in the 21st century.

The jury with Andy Bow, Foster and Partners UK, and Ron Pynenburg, President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects and chaired by Professor Peter Johnson AO (past president of CAA and originator of the award) decided that an award and commendation be made from the nominations received with the following citations;
The Robert Matthew Award

‘The Robert Matthew Award is made to TR Hamzah and Yeang, nominated by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (The Malaysian Institute of Architects) for the work of Dr Kenneth Yeang for a remarkable and innovative body of work expressed not only in building, but in theoretical writing and in lecturing which has shown the way ecological and bioclimatic considerations can, and indeed should, affect building and environmental design especially of tall buildings. The importance of Ken Yeang’s work is in the challenge it makes not only to all designers of tall buildings but to all those who are concerned with the quality and character of cities and especially those cities in which tall buildings are constructed. His call for ecological design and ecological analysis and for “a vertical urban design theory” should be taken up by architects, planners, urban design theorists and by city administrators. Ken Yeang is himself making a considerable contribution to the development of theory in this area.

Whilst the Robert Matthew Award is to made to the most innovative contribution to the architectural development in the recipient’s country of origin this particular contribution is much wider and is of international importance.

The Commendation

‘The commendation is not made specifically for a work or works of architecture but to a process instigated and rigorously guided by a team under the direction of an architect which has led to a significant series of buildings, in fact 13 stations, on the new London Transport Jubilee line Extension.

Great Stations of the past, and especially those of the Victorian era, act as gateways to their cities. They celebrated travel, giving a sense of occasion to those points of arrival or departure for the crowds of people who enjoyed the pleasure (and occasions, the agony) of travel.

The new thirteen stations designed by thirteen different architects have in common a new approach to the design of stations for the underground, involving the best characteristics of station design, including the use of daylight and proper concern for the comfort and the pleasure experienced by passengers. The common link is Roland Paoletti who selected the architects briefed them and husbanded the project throughout with commitment and devotion. His influence is expressed in all the stations and an example has been set to other transport authorities to be equally daring and innovative.

The commendation is made to Roland Paoletti and the London Transport Jubilee Line Extension in-house architectural team.’

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The Robert Matthew Award 2003 is made to Balkrishna Doshi of Ahmedabad, India, for his outstanding body of innovative and regionally sensitive work spanning a long career from 1950 to the present day.

Apprenticed to Le Corbusier in Paris; senior designer and representative for Le Corbusier at Chandigaru and Ahmedabad; and an associate of Louis I. Kahn in India, – Doshi has carried out a remarkable range of work, including public and institutional buildings in Ahmedabad; housing projects in Gujarat Mumbai and Indore; master planning in Jaipur and seminal buildings such as Sangrath at Ahmedabad.

He is a founding member, Director and trustee of the Vastu – Shilpa Foundation which provides a link between academics and practice by evolving norms, standards and references for contextual design, with its tri-fold activities of research, research application and dissemination.

He has an active and distinguished record in teaching, both in Ahmedabad as Professor, Director and Dean of the school of Architecture and Planning, and as visiting professor and critic to Universities in the United States and Europe.

From the early years at the heart of international modernist thinking, Doshi’s intellectual growth has been such that he has moved towards a “mystical” understanding of the many influences that have shaped the rich vernacular of India to create a new architecture rooted in the past, which is contemporary. His is an outstanding contribution to the development of architecture in the region.

Special Commendation

A special commendation is made to Terry Farrell and Partners for the major contribution they have made, particularly within the contemporary language of architecture in the United Kingdom, but also abroad.

Terry Farrell’s great ability and vision in terms of master planning; urban design and regeneration; conceptual developmental; and in the delivery of outstanding projects of great skill and detail design, have marked him out as a significant presence in British architecture.

Jury 

Anna Kwong, Secretary Hong Kong Institute of Architects
Linda Moore, Secretary Barbados Institute of Architects
Ralph Mills-Tettey, Registrar Architects Registration Board of Ghana
Gordon Moller, President New Zealand Institute of Architects

28 August 2003

[/toggle] [toggle title=”Robert Matthew Award 2007″]JURY REPORT

This award is given once in the term of each CAA Council elected by the General Assembly.

It is given to recognise innovative contributions to the development of architecture, especially in the Commonwealth context, by an architect or architectural practice being members of one of the architectural institutes or associations which are members of the Commonwealth Association of Architects.

The Award is to be made to an architect or architectural office making the most outstanding contribution to the development of Architecture having particular relevance to the country or region in which the Architect or Architectural office operates.

The Award may be made for cumulative contributions made over the current session of CAA Council (2003 – 2007) and the immediately preceding one (2000 – 2003).

In the case of the award for these sessions only two entries were received within the stipulated period.

The body of work in both cases represents a significant contribution to architecture in the respective countries by undoubtedly outstanding architects and for which they have received awards and recognition.

However, having examined both the submissions, the Jury observed that the body of work submitted in both cases did not meet the fundamental requirement of ‘cumulative contributions over the current and immediately preceding sessions’ of the CAA Council.

Consequently and with deep regret, the Jury is unable to make the award in the case of these two nominations. Although the decision is regrettable, it is in accordance of the Award conditions. The Jury therefore advises that, in future, nominations made must seek to comply with the conditions and spirit of the Award.

Jury
P KUNGU, CAA Immediate Past President. Kenya
R HASTILOW, CEO Royal Institute of British Architects UK (Lay person)
J SINCLAIR CAA VP Oceania New Zealand

Convened at the 18th General Assembly, Melbourne, 18th April 2007

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