Ellis Woodman (Executive Editor)
|Final issue||March 2014 (print)|
|Company||United Business Media|
BD was launched in 1970 by publisher Morgan Grampian as a closed circulation weekly as high-tech architecture was just starting to take-off. It ceased its print edition in March 2014, remaining a digital only publication.
Unlike most other architectural publications, BD’s editors and staff are mainly journalists rather than architects. The magazine is free to subscribers and offers limited free access to non-subscribers. It is funded by revenue from advertising.
By 2013, BD reportedly had a circulation of 7,698. Its website, bdonline.co.uk, has 89,000 registered users and receives around 45,000 unique visitors a week, who generate over 750,000 page impressions a month. BD’s circulation figures are independently assured by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The magazine stopped free access to news, blogs and video content on its website in September 2010 when it introduced a subscription for full access.
AYA and YAYAEdit
BD hosts the Architect of the Year Awards and Young Architect of the Year in central London, attended by approximately 6000 guests.
The Architect of the Year Awards reward the UK's top architectural practices behind excellent built projects. Since their launch in 2004, the awards have grown in size and stature, featuring entries and attendance from leading practices, and have become firmly established as a key event in the architectural calendar. The awards night is now one of the largest gatherings of architects in the UK.
The Young Architect of the Year Award recognises and rewards Europe's most promising new architects and practices. Previous winners have included Coffey Architects, Jonathan Hendry, Serie Architects, David Kohn Architects, Hackett Hall McKnight, Carmody Groarke, Nord and Lynch Architects.
World Architecture 100Edit
BD publishes an annual ranking of the world's biggest architecture practices known as the World Architecture 100. The listing is distributed to the top FTSE 100 companies as well as BD subscribers and is available to buy online.
A shortlist is announced each summer, based on nominations from the public. The winner is selected by a small group of architecture critics and professionals.
As of 2018[update], the winners were:
- 2018 – Redrock Stockport, Stockport, Greater Manchester, by BDP
- 2017 – Nova Victoria, City of Westminster, London, by PLP Architecture
- 2016 – Lincoln Plaza, Isle of Dogs, London, by Hamiltons Architects
- 2015 – 20 Fenchurch Street (the 'Walkie Talkie'), City of London, by Rafael Viñoly
- 2014 – Woolwich Central, London, by Sheppard Robson
- 2013 – 465 Caledonian Road, London, by Stephen George and Partners
- 2012 – Cutty Sark Renovation, Greenwich, London, by Grimshaw Architects
- 2011 – MediaCityUK, Salford, by Fairhurst, Chapman Taylor and Wilkinson Eyre
- 2010 – Strata, Elephant and Castle, London, by BFLS
- 2009 – Liverpool Ferry Terminal, Liverpool, by Hamilton Architects
- 2008 – Radisson SAS Waterfront Hotel, Saint Helier, Jersey, by EPR Architects
- 2007 – Opal Court, Leicester, by Stephen George and Partners
- 2006 – Drake Circus Shopping Centre, Plymouth, by Chapman Taylor
The Editor is Thomas Lane, who joined BD in 2014 from Building. The assistant editor is Elizabeth Hopkirk. The architecture critic is Ike Ijeh.
Building Design campaigned with the Twentieth Century Society for Robin Hood Gardens, a housing estate in Poplar, London, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, to be listed and retained. It has likewise argued against the unnecessary demolition of old school buildings.
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