Phil Gusack Writing Prize

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The Writing Prize is his family’s memorial to Phil Gusack, an active and valued member of AfH member, who died in 2011 after some years of ill health. Phil had a passion for architecture, believed strongly in disruptive innovation and excellence, and was challenging and inventive in debate. This generous legacy funds an annual prize for the best essay on the architecture of health. The prize is open to everyone including students, professionals and journalists.

The written submission must relate to the architecture of health. The topic should explore a fresh and provocative perspective that addresses the context of the architecture of health. It should demonstrate how good design for health can and should happen without the essay being a survey, a descriptive process or a building study. Participants will be asked to register and submit a written piece which has not been previously published. It can be fantastical, critical, and in the form of a blog, story, critique, polemic etc Illustrations that help to explain the text will be accepted. There is an upper word limit of 2000 words.

The prize for the winner will be £500 and the written piece will be published in the RIBA Journal. The prize will be awarded at the AfH Annual General Meeting in February 2016.

All shortlisted submissions will be published on the AfH website after the winner has been announced.

Entries should not exceed 2,000 words and must be emailed no later than 5th November 2015 to

People of all ages are invited to submit and the essays should be wholly the work of the person submitting them. The decision of the judges will be final.

The submissions must be anonymous with names and titles clearly marked only on the registration forms to help identify the contact. The judges are looking for fresh ideas and not descriptions; writing about one’s own building design projects is strongly discouraged.

Phil Gusack Writing Prize Registration form – 2016

“The RIBA Journal is honoured to be partnering Architects for Health for the second year on this important new writing prize: one aimed specifically at encouraging new design thinking in the health sector, and open to all. Beyond our search for fresh ideas, we shall of course look for concise, well-crafted writing that stimulates interest and holds the attention. This is an area of design that affects everybody, often at our most vulnerable: what ideas can you contribute to help our – and your – experience in the future?”
Hugh Pearman Editor RIBA Journal


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