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APRIL 2022

Architecture Room at this Year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Níall McLaughlin and artist Rana Begum will co-curate the architecture room at this year’s Royal

Academy Summer Exhibition. Celebrated British sculptor Alison Wilding RA will co-ordinate the 254th exhibtion.

This year Wilding will explore the theme of Climate. “The theme of Summer Exhibition 2022 is

CLIMATE in all its manifestations. Whether it presents as crisis or opportunity, nightmare or

memories, or simply our everyday experience of weather, - CLIMATE is a huge all-embracing and

urgent subject.”


The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show which has

taken place every year without interruption since 1769. The members of the Summer Exhibition

Committee serve in rotation, ensuring that every year the exhibition has a distinctive character, with

each Royal Academician responsible for a particular gallery space. Works from all over the world are

judged democratically on merit and the final selection is made during the eight-day hang within the



MARCH 2022

Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards

An awards ceremony for the Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards was held at Frankopan Hall at Jesus College at the University of Cambridge on the 16th March. 

Magdalene College Library won the Best New Building over £2m and was also winner of the Craftesmanship Award Category. The WongAvery Gallery was also commended in both categories.

The Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards celebrate the best in placemaking, design and craft skills locally.


MARCH 2022

Civic Trust Award Winner

The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment.

The longest-standing built environment awards in Europe, their aim is to encourage the best in architecture and environmental design and to recognise projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities.

The New Library was announced as the Eastern Winner from 160 entries from across the UK and Internationally. The judging panel commented: “The execution of the new library and its relationship with Magdalene College is delightful and appropriate and will be enjoyed by the college for many years to come.”

Fellow and Chairman of Cloverleaf, Professor Tom Spencer (1973) said: “We are so delighted with this Civic Trust Award which confirms what we already know - a brilliant building that works so well for us in so many ways."