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Bristol graduate named Architect of the Year

23 September 2005

A Bristol graduate has been named 2005 Architect of the Year at the Building Awards in recognition of his well-designed, affordable housing.

A Bristol graduate was named 2005 Architect of the Year at the Building Awards ceremony in recognition of his company's well-designed, affordable housing.

Mark Bottomley (BA 1983), the founding partner of bptw partnerships, was determined to make a difference in the design of the built environment when he graduated from Bristol in 1981. He established bptw partnerships 17 years ago in his east London flat in Bethnal Green. Today, the practice has offices in Greenwich and Epping, employs over 70 staff and has an extensive portfolio of award-winning designs and projects.

Hosted by leading industry publication Building magazine, the Building Awards ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane and was attended by 1900 guests.

Building magazine said: 'bptw partnership proved you don't have to be a big name to be a winner. This medium sized firm from Greenwich, south east London ticked every box going. For example, it has IIP status and was the highest place architect in the Sunday Times list for best company to work for. It has unrivalled customer satisfaction scores, a far-reaching approach to sustainability, it has worked in partnership with Housing Association's on London's Social Capital Initiative and it has demonstrated an admirable commitment to the Egan principle. It seems bptw can do no wrong. Oh, and there is the Architecture too - bold innovative design that are winning the practice awards left right and centre (including this one).'

bptw partnership was recently awarded the Building for Life Silver Standard from CABE for The Elmington Neighbourhood. The development was also awarded the Brick Development Association Award for Best Public Housing Development in 2004.