Archiboo Web Awards – the winners 2019

2 October, 2019

The top award at the 2019 Archiboo Web Awards has been won by young London practice, Gruff Architects.

The prized Best Overall Experience award was presented by Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins, after judges praised the practice “for using the website to make the practice much more the sum of its parts but without overclaiming, which is clever. It feels playful and experimental – a real treat for the user across all devices and browsers.”

Gruff also won Best Use of Mobile which judges said gave “an instant snapshot of the practice’s design ethos and feels crafted and carefully thought through”.

The winners are:

Best Homepage

Winner – White Arkitekter

Website by Creuna

The judges said this is a “people-focused homepage that’s user-friendly with simple navigation that clearly expresses the practice ethos”.

Linda Thiel of White Arkitekter


Best Use of Mobile

Winner – Gruff Architects

Website by TM

Judges said “the winning mobile website gives an instant snapshot of the practice’s design ethos and projects and feels crafted and carefully thought through. Visuals are engaging and the pages flow well with obvious links to other projects”.

Gruff Architects and designers, TM


Best Newcomer

Winner – Morris+Company

Designer – BOB Design

The judges said “the winning website is awash with colour, textures, patterns and emotion, sending out messages to do with sharing, research and innovation. Other architects can learn much from this site and this practice”.

Ben Myers, Samantha Christie from Morris+Company and Mireille Buckhardt and Aaron Merrigan, BOB Design

Best Architectural Photography

Winner – Manalo and White

Photographer – Morgan O’ Donovan

The judges said the winning images are “strong and emotive, impeccably controlled and masterfully lit”.

Manolo & White with Morgan O’Donovan


Best Use of Technology

Winner – ZHA Virtual Reality Group

The judges said “this winning project pushes the boundaries of virtual reality and its application to the architectural field. It dramatically engages the user and could lead to entirely new methods of designing and testing pointing to an exciting direction for design and collaboration”.

ZHA’s Aleksandra Mnich, Helmut Kinzler, Risa Tadauchi and Jose Pareja-Gomez


Best Consultants Website

Winner – Friendly Materials by PMMT

Judges said “the winning website is fresh, graphically clear and beautifully laid out with intuitive navigation and content that feels right for its subject”.

Friendly Materials by PMMT


Best Use of Video

Winner – UNStudio

Film by UNStudio and Bwefar & de Boer

The judges said “this is an engaging and energetic film that has lovely cinematography with a very light touch, great interviews and very well-structured narrative to include some surprising elements of the story”



Best Use of Social Media

Winner – make:good

The judges said that “the winner has created a set of channels that genuinely feel completely different to the competition – both in content and design”.



Best Digital Team

Winner – BDP

The judges said “the winner stood out because of its forward thinking approach to digital including listening tools and the use of live digital data to inform their strategy”.

BDP’s Martin Davies, Nick Caville, John Booth, Natasha Mensah, Radek Kaminski and Helen Moorhouse


Best Visual Design

Winner – Threefold Architects

Website by Studio Thomas

The judges said “the winning design was calm and inviting and the navigation and overall presentation of content conveyed a rational approach, giving the user a feeling for who the practice is with just the right amount of information”.

Studio Thomas


Best Use of Written Content

Winner – Walters & Cohen

The judges liked “the unfussy project descriptions on this site, which contain plenty of helpful facts to do with collaborators, scale, funding and context while the writing throughout is rational and restrained, but with moments of charm”.

Walters & Cohen


Alan Davidson Award

Winner- Squint/Opera

The judges praised “the playful narrative and the use of illustrative elements together with realistic CG animation that gives a real sense of the spaces. One judge said there is sometimes a danger that this kind of animation can distract you away from what is really important, but that is not the case here”.


Squint/Opera’s Silvia Tossici ,Tono Slon and Ina Pancheva


Images from the evening can be viewed and downloaded from Flickr here.

All images by Lily Pagano

This year’s shortlist is here