Competition Case Study: Institute of Psychoanalysis

Launched: 4 February 2016 (ongoing)


Institute of Psychoanalysis

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Launched: 4 February 2016 (ongoing)


This year the Institute of Psychoanalysis commissioned the Architecture Foundation to help develop a detailed brief and run a competitive process to select an architect to remodel their London headquarters at Byron House on Shirland Road.

Ellis Woodman, Director of the AF, provided advice to the institute taking into account their ambitions and budget. It was decided to run a two-stage selection process to choose a suitable architect comprising an expression of interest stage followed by a competitive interview with a shortlist of five firms.

The competition was restricted to practices that had set up in the past ten years and assessed by a diverse jury that included Jeremy Dixon (Dixon Jones Architects), Tim Pitman (Pitman Tozer Architects), Hanif Kara (AKTii Engineers), Ellis Woodman (The Architecture Foundation), and representatives from The Institute of Psychoanalysis.

The AF organised a call for submissions, promoted the opportunity, managed all submissions including the judging process and provided feedback on request to firms that were not selected. From 55 expressions of interest a shortlist of five firms were invited to a competitive interview. Casswell Bank Architects were chosen as the winner and will deliver the first phase of the refurbishment in 2017.