Nomination process starts for international door hardware specification awards
The internationally recognised biennial GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards are now open to entries.
Organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery in residential and commercial buildings, public sector health and education buildings, hospitality buildings such as hotels, and international projects outside the UK and Ireland.
Architects, specifiers, building contractors, clients and their architectural ironmongery advisers and suppliers across the world can nominate projects for the 2016/17 awards from now until 28 October 2016.
The winners will be announced at a prestigious luncheon at the RIBA headquarters in Portland Place, London on 30 March next year.
Maria Powell, president of the GAI, says:
“The Specification Awards show architectural ironmongery at its beautiful best, enhancing not only the security, accessibility and fire safety of the building, but also adding to its functionality and longevity.
“These awards are also unique because they reward the whole specification team, highlighting the importance of the professional partnership between architects and architectural ironmongers.
“We have seen outstanding projects coming to completion in the UK and overseas over the past couple of years, so I’m going to be very excited to see the calibre of nominations this year.”
For each category in the awards there will be a winner, second and third place. The judges will also decide on an overall ‘winner of winners’. This award in 2015 went to Tate Britain, with architectural ironmongers Allgood and architect Caruso St John jointly scooping the top prize. A brochure showing all the 2014/15 winners can be downloaded from the GAI website.
There is no limit to the number of entries to the 2016/17 awards. The first entry from a GAI or RIBA member is free of charge.
To nominate a project for the awards, go to: GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards