Arup named ‘Infrastructure Architect of the Year’ 2020

Sarah Wright - Communications Coordinator Sarah Wright UKIMEA Press Office,London
26 October 2020

Arup has been awarded ‘Infrastructure Architect of the Year’ at the 2020 Architect of the Year Awards (AYAs) by Building Design, the digital source of architecture news.

In a virtual event that celebrated outstanding design in the built environment over the past year, Arup received the award for its architectural design of major infrastructure projects around the world. These include Copenhagen’s transformative Cityringen metro, as well as the HS2 Interchange Station in the UK which is the first railway station in the world to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ classification, placing it in the top 1% of sustainable buildings in the UK.


We believe that infrastructure design must respond to the complex and changing ways we live and work, while meeting wider priorities like the push for net zero emissions. The award is a testament to the efforts of our architects bring human-centred design principles together with a deep understanding of the role these systems play in our lives ” Jo Wright Jo Wright Director

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Arup received the award for its architectural design of major infrastructure projects around the world, including Copenhagen’s transformative Cityringen metro.

The AYAs are Building Design’s annual celebration of the very best work being produced by architecture practices today. Uniquely, the trophies are awarded for a body of work, not just for an individual building. 

The awards are judged by a panel made up of architecture industry experts, including Jamie Fobert, director of last year’s Gold Award winner, Jamie Fobert Architects; Julia Barfield, co-founder of Marks Barfield Architects; Kay Hughes, design director of HS2; Colm Lacey, chief executive of Brick by Brick; David Rudlin, principal of Urbed; Elizabeth Hopkirk, assistant editor of Building Design; and Mary Duggan, director of Mary Duggan Architects.

Feedback from the judges stated “Arup Architecture's team delivered three projects at national, city and community scales, that exemplify their approach to transport. Each project was transformative, meaningful and benefitted the countries, communities and people who use them.”