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The Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA, has given a prize to the architect Dr Harry Charrington for his work on Alvar Aalto. The RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University-located Research is intended “to promote and champion high-quality research and encourage its dissemination and incorporation into the knowledge base of the profession”. The award ceremony will be held in Bath, UK, on December 5.

Harry Charrington. Photo: Bill Knight.

Harry Charrington worked in the Alvar Aalto & Co. architects’ office in the 1980s. He has studied the work of the office, especially by interviewing other architects who worked there.

The Award has been given in recognition of Charrington’s years of research, which have resulted in several publications about Alvar Aalto, his design methods, and the working ethos in Aalto’s office. Charrington describes these in a volume co-edited with the architect Vezio Nava: Alvar Aalto, the mark of the hand, published in 2011.

Further details of the award on the RIBA website:

RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University-located Research

Winner: Harry Charrington of the University of Bath: Alvar Aalto: Conversations with the atelier

Harry Charrington’s published works on Aalto:

Harry Charrington, ‘A persuasive topology: Alvar Aalto and the ambience of history’ in: Emmons, P., Hendrix, J. and Lomholt, J., eds. The Cultural Role of Architecture. Routledge, London 2012

Harry Charrington,’Coordinating method and art: Alvar Aalto at play’ in Architectural History: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol.54, 2011, pp. 309-345.

Harry Charrington and Vezio Nava, Alvar Aalto, the mark of the hand. Rakennustieto Oy, Helsinki 2011

Harry Charrington,’Not a locked box: the everyday art of the Aalto Atelier’ in ARQ: Architectural Research Quarterly Vol.14, No.3, pp. 255-266.

News at the University of Bath website.


Further information:

Dr Harry Charrington

University of Bath

Architecture & Civil Engineering


United Kingdom