Young practice studioshaw “hits the spot” at the Architect Pitch.

19 October, 2017

Mark Shaw of studioshaw has won the Architect Pitch at MIPIM UK.

Mark, who set up his practice 18 months ago, was chosen by HB Reavis and will now work with the developer on a commercial building in Farringdon alongside lead architect John Robertson Architects.

Mark Shaw of studioshaw pitching at MIPIM UK

Shaw’s pitch centred on the idea of “connected gardens” or allotments linked by three external staircases. He also proposed temporary pavilions for meeting rooms and restaurants that tenants would book via an online booking system like OpenTable.

studioshaw’s ideas for a shared garden or allotments


Shaw said: “We know and believe gardening is good for mental health and well being so this is about each user having an experience outside”.

HB Reavis Development Director Kiran Pawar said Shaw’s presentation “hit the spot” and he understood the brief and “where we are coming from.”

The panel: Festus Moffat, Stephen Skinner, Kiran Pawar, Clare Dowdy and Clarisse Tavin.

The panel praised all seven architects for the boldness of their ideas, which included chicken coops and greenhouses and a “shared path” around the building to foster informal interactions between tenants.

A number of pitches referenced Farringdon’s history while others stressed the importance of using the terraces throughout the year and at different times of the day.

After winning, Mark Shaw said: “It’s going to be amazing and game changing… I have always been a keen gardener and most of my Bartlett projects were gardens of one sort of another.”

The other architects pitching were Aleks Rizova of Aleksa Studio, Matt White of Matt Architecture, Angus Ryan of de Matos Ryan, Alan Dempsey of Nex, Alexandra Steed of Urban and Alex Bauman Lyons of Whitman Wilde.

The next pitch will be in March 2018.