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MAY 2022

RIBA East Award Winner

Magdalene College Library has been awarded a RIBA East Award. The New College Library for Magdalene College contains a study space and library, archive and picture gallery. Our scheme appears as an arrangement of simple brick volumes which echo the typical gabled architecture of the existing College. The main library is a suite of interconnecting rooms lined with bookcases, reading desks and galleries, arranged on a tartan grid between interconnecting passageways. Three main reading rooms organise the principal circulation route through the library from the three-storey entrance hall, to a double-height central reading room and up to a long single-height room overlooking the garden.

The RIBA judges commented "A brief to create a college library with a lifespan of 400 years – to replace a library gifted to Magdalene by Samuel Pepys 300 years previously – is no small task. Niall McLaughlin Architects have certainly risen to the challenge with this deft and inspiring temple to learning."


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.