Westminster Professor Sadie Morgan’s architectural practice, dRMM, which she directs alongside Alex de Rijke and Philip Marsh, has been awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize 2017 for designing the new Hastings Pier after the old pier was devastated in 2010 by a fire.

The Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment received the prestigious prize at an awards ceremony at Camden Roundhouse on 31 October.

The new Hastings Pier is open to the public with free entry, aiming to be welcoming to the community in which it stands. The design reinvigorated the damaged structure of the old pier and integrated the materiel into the new structure to enforce material and functional sustainability.

The RIBA Stirling Prize, in its 22nd year, is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. It is judged against specific criteria ranging from design vision, originality and ability to engage those who interact with it through to client satisfaction and how fit the building is for purpose. This year’s judges included BBC journalist Evan Davis and RIBA President Ben Derbyshire.

Cofounder of dRMM, Alex de Rijke said: “We were delighted to work with Hastings Pier Charity on this ambitious project which, literally a ‘Phoenix from the ashes’, was realised through dedicated community action and strong support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

The University of Westminster is one of the UK’s leading centres for the study of Architecture and Built Environment located in Marylebone, London.

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