Head judge: Tim Riley, RCKa
Award categories: Most Sustainable Construction & Retrofit for the Future.
Tim is a registered architect and founding director of RCKa, an architectural practice that promotes socially responsive design and winner of the inaugural RIBA Emerging Practice of the Year in 2015. Areas of expertise include strategic design, rural masterplanning, regeneration and specialist housing.
Masterplan and regeneration projects include; the Newham Arc of Opportunity, the precursor to the Stratford Olympic masterplan; RIBA award-winning Three Towers in Manchester and Saxton in Leeds, both with Urban Splash; Stoke City Riverside, heralded as a CABE exemplar, and the Ryde Enterprise Village made viable through social value.
Specialist housing projects include the Housing Design Award-winning Meadow Street community housing in Preston, HAPPI and HDA winning Hortsley retirement living development in Seaford and the Inside Housing Development Award-winning Park House extra-care development in Harpenden. He is currently leading a team to deliver Boughton Heath in Chester which will be the first Fitwel accredited, zero carbon, retirement development in the UK.
In addition, Tim has delivered several smaller scale RIBA award-winning projects across a variety of sectors such as enterprise hubs, galleries, schools and community buildings. What unifies all these projects is a focus on identity, community cohesion, user engagement and delivering social value. This was recently recognised with the inaugural Architect of the Year Award 2020 for Social Impact.
Tim is Chair of Harrow Council’s design review panel, a member of Hounslow Council’s design review panel and a member of the Mayor of London Special Assistance Team.