Norbord and RIBAJ’s Habitat Awards culminate in impressive prizegiving event in London

It is only the second year that RIBAJ has hosted Norbord’s SterlingOSB awards; and what a year! Culminating in an awards evening in the uber-cool Carousel bar in Marylebone, London, the Habitat Awards attracted nearly 50 entries from architects and practices around the UK.  Each inspirational entrant rose to the challenge in spectacular fashion. The quest? To utilise SterlingOSB’s inherent properties of strength and durabilityand apply them to the concept of mass housing. The judges? Jan-Carlos Kucharek, Senior Editor, RIBAJ; Tim Lucas, Price and Myers; Stephen Proctor, Proctor and Matthews Architects; Davide Roth, Adamson Associates and winner of last year’s Norbord Microarchitecture Award; David Sleigh, Industrial Sales Manager, Norbord Europe. 

The winning practice was MawsonKerr Architects with “interlocking, OSB Low Rise High Density housing which best embodies the spirit of the competition, evoking Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 while integrating SterlingOSB’s qualities to create an incredible social housing form.”  More information is available in September’s RIBAJ supplement, available to view online here.

After the presentation, the winners and guests enjoyed an interesting and enthusiastic panel/Q&A session with Anna Minton, writer and commentator, and Alan Benson, of Housing Strategy at the GLA. Nigel Ostime of Hawkins\Brown Architects chaired the debate “Does a viable housing policy for London and the UK exist?” 

The Habitat Awards supplement, which details the winners and their entries, is available here. For a copy or further information on Norbord, please call 01786 812 921 or visit