Competitions, certificates and awards are a valuable way of differentiating levels of skill beyond the training and registration all architects are required to complete. They help you commission with confidence while showing recognition to accomplished architects.

RIBA Awards have been highlighting excellence in architecture in the UK and around the world for over 50 years. They are the most rigorously judged architectural awards and are based on the judgement of expert impartial panels after visiting the buildings. Where we have been commended by another awarding body, they have been introduced under the appropriate heading.

BUILD Architecture Awards 2018 (Category Winner – Best Green Architecture Practice, South England)

Koru Architects has been named Best Green Architecture Practice in South England by top industry magazine, BUILD, in their Architecture Awards 2018.


BUILD Sustainable Building Awards 2018 (Category Winner – Best Green Architecture Practice, South East England)

Top industry magazine, BUILD, named Koru Architects the Best Green Architecture Practice in South East England in their Sustainable Building Awards 2018. We also received the Award for Excellence in Low Energy Designs for England.


Brighton and Hove Business Awards (Category Winner – Creative Industries)

The BAHBAs distinguish the most exciting, hardworking businesses within their chosen categories. Our Director, Mark Pellant and Architect, Issi Rousseva attended the event at Stanmer House. We have been working on multiple projects outside of our normal practice work; PassivPod is a joint venture between Koru Architects and Clive Bonny from Strategic Management Partners and is their most developed project to date, a unique, ellipsoid building design that tackles major social and environmental issues. Other projects include the Solar Canopy, in collaboration with the University of Brighton and Kayla Ente from BHESCO and an Inflatable Tent.


Corporate Live Wire Technology Awards (Category Winner – Innovation in Sustainable Accommodation)

CorporateLiveWire recognised our unique, ellipsoid building design for PassivPod, winning the category of Innovation in Sustainable Accommodation at this year’s Technology Awards.



Gre1Ribaen Apple Award for the Built Environment 2016 (Category Winner – Architecture)

This prestigious international Gold Award was for a our zero-carbon eco-house and company office in Hove. The contemporary property runs on 100% renewable energy via solar panels and a biomass boiler, and is made with natural materials such as certified timber. The award recognised the environmental credentials of the project along with positive engagement with the local community (such as taking part in Brighton & Hove Eco Open Houses six times). The Green Apple Awards, run by the Green Organisation, were established in 1994 as an annual campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.


1eco-hausEco-Haus Design Competition 2014 (Finalist)

Run by The Sunday Times, Homebase and the British Homes Awards, this competition aimed to unlock innovation around green building with passivhaus principles. Our original and creative Passiv Pod holiday home achieved a place in the final stretch of the process for its innovative organic shape and luxury features. We are now working on developing the design commercially.



1RibaRIBA Downland Prize 2011 (Category Winner – Sustainability)

Our zero-carbon home and studio at 15 Lloyd Close, Hove, won this prestigious award for the creative use of a constricted sloping site with innovative sustainable features which enable it run entirely on renewable energy and even export a surplus back to the grid.



1conservationConservation and Design Award 2011

Run by the Hurstpierpoint Society, this award is committed to promoting and preserving the architectural heritage, historic charm and local ecology of Hurstpierpoint village. Our sensitive reconstruction of 26 High Street – a grade II listed building – was awarded this certificate for high-quality craftsmanship and respect for conserving the traditional building style, structure and streetscene.



1Riba dlRIBA Downland Prize 2006 (Shortlisted)

Our all-timber sustainable garden studio was custom-designed to create an inspirational working space for an illustrator. It features roof-lights, recycled newspaper insulation and stilts to optimise views over Bayham Abbey Estate. The project was shortlisted for this design award with less than 10 other projects as one of the best small-scale domestic projects in the South East.



1schoolRIBA Ideas Competition 2000: Sustainable School (Commended)

This competition, run on behalf of the Canterbury local authority, aimed to explore how energy efficiency and sustainability could be integrated into school buildings. Our design was commended for its sustainable features, promoting a “futures imperative” more than other submissions and referencing Rudolf Steiner-like teaching principles in terms of the layout and design of teaching facilities.