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School of Architecture collaborators win awards

Local Practice Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt - close collaborators with the University of Reading's School of Architecture - wins BD Young Architect of the Year and RIBA South Emerging Practice.

Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt wACG-Award-Win-Resizedere named 'RIBA South Emerging Practice of the Year' at the prestigious RIBA South East Awards ceremony held at Ascot Racecourse on 25 May, and the practice was also honoured with a RIBA South Award for The Point Youth Centre in Tadley.

Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt said: "We are delighted to have received such a prestigious award for a project that means so much to us and the Tadley community. To be named 'RIBA South Emerging Practice of the Year' is a real honour and marks another significant milestone for the practice."

The practice also won the Young Architect of the Year Award at the BD Architect of the Year Awards in March. The prestigious award recognises young practices from across Europe and is awarded to the "most promising architectural practice in the European Union".

Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt are currently working in close collaboration with The University of Reading's School of Architecture, to assist in the delivery of the Industry and Practice module. The practice are designing and delivering a series of teaching sessions with first year architecture students, with a focus on exposing students to the architecture industry, bridging the gap between theory and practice. Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt have presented a series of sessions including workshops, feasibility site visits, construction site visits, practice tours and interviews with different members of the studio.

Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt said: "We thoroughly enjoy working with the University and being involved with the new School of Architecture. The Industry and Practice module has given the students great exposure to the architecture industry and we feel that the site tours have been particularly well received."

The University of Reading's Head of the School of Architecture, Professor Lorraine Farrelly said: "Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt architects are a talented practice and they have been supporting the new School of Architecture since we started our first open days in 2016. They have worked with us to develop valuable experiences for our students to visit their office and live projects on site. The aim of these visits are to help prepare our students for their professional careers, and to inspire our students through excellent practice in contemporary architecture, which ACG have done. These awards recognise their professionalism and tremendous potential as an important influence on current and future architecture."

About Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt is an award-winning RIBA Chartered architectural practice formed in 2005 and led by three directors: David Ayre, Matthew Chamberlain and Dominic Gaunt. The team is split between two studios; London Street, Basingstoke and Oxford Street, London.

The practice's work includesACG-Building residential, education, cultural and community projects across the UK. Over the last 12 years they have created vibrant spaces and places, full of character and life and received many awards and accolades for their buildings.

Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt said: "By consulting, collaborating and thoroughly understanding the streets, spaces and connections around us, we're able to understand how the various uses should be combined to create exciting and uplifting environments."

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