Young Architect of the Year Award 2019

Gatti Routh Rhodes, a practice established by Cass graduate, wins a prestigious prize from Building Design.

Date: 3 May 2019

Gatti Routh Rhodes, a practice established by Cass alumni have won the prestigious annual YAYA (Young Architect of the Year Award) presented by Building Design (BD)

Gatti Routh Rhodes was founded in 2013 by Richard Gatti, Tom Routh and Stefanie Rhodes who all studied at the Cass before working around the world.

Their entry was praised by the judges for its ambition and promise: “They will go from strength to strength,” they predicted.

The work the practice presented ranged in scale from a chair to an entire city block, Bethnal Green Mission Church (BGMC) which contains a church, community facilities, offices, a café and flats.

The judges were impressed by the variety of projects in the entry, “all approached with architectural sensitivity” – as well as by the practice’s track record of delivery and observed: “They can build and that’s the ultimate test,”

Before their professional successes, the practice’s partners were familiar faces as students at the school. Richard Gatti completed an access course at London Met (a pre-cursor to the Extended Degree) then RIBA Parts 1,2,3 and the MA Architectural History Theory and Interpretation. Tom Routh followed RIBA parts 1,2 and 3 and Stefanie Rhodes Parts 2 and 3. Richard also presently teaches RIBA Part 3 at The Cass.

BD’s YAYA prize has been the launchpad of many careers, and was won previously by studio leaders Feilden Fowles in 2016. See the full story about Gatti Routh Rhodes’ success and an image gallery on BDOnline.

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