Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Design
Winner: Amanda Levete
Sponsored by Duravit
Amanda Levete CBE is a RIBA Stirling Prize winning architect and founder and principal of AL_A, an international award-winning architecture studio.
Since its formation in 2009 Amanda Levete’s practice has refined an intuitive and strategic approach to design. Collaborating with ambitious and visionary clients, it develops designs that are conceptualised as urban projects, not just buildings and projects that express the identity of an institution, city or nation.
Recently completed project include the Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Quarter (2017) in London, the V&A’s largest building project in more than 100 years; MAAT (2016), a museum of art, architecture and technology in Lisbon, commissioned by one of the world’s foremost energy companies EDP; Central Embassy (2017), a 140,000 sq m luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok on the former grounds of the British Embassy; a 13-hectare media campus masterplan and 37,700 sq m HQ for Sky (2016) in London; and MPavilion (2015) in Melbourne.
For more than a decade, Amanda Levete was a trustee of both leading social innovation centre the Young Foundation and the influential arts organisation Artangel.
She is a regular radio and TV presenter, writes for a variety of publications and lectures throughout the world. She is a visiting Professor and formerly a March tutor at The Bartlett. She was made a CBE earlier this year and awarded the women in architecture Jane Drew Prize.
A graduate of the Architectural Assocation Amanda Levete worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989, where she realised groundbreking buildings including the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and Selfridges store in Birmingham.