Competition Case Study: Olympic Village Architects

July 2007


Lend Lease + Olympic Delivery Authority

Project budget



July 2007


The selection process for the East Village, formerly the Athletes’ Village, was managed by the Architecture Foundation.

In commissioning the multiple architects who would design the Athletes’ Village for the 2012 London Olympic Games, it was decided to identify a preliminary list of outstanding practices from which the final selection would be made. The Architecture Foundation was commissioned by Lend Lease to lead this process.

The AF appointed a 10-strong judging panel chaired by Frank Duffy, then Chair of the Stratford City Design Review Panel and Trustee of the Architecture Foundation. The AF then put out an open call for British and international firms to submit expressions of interest which attracted 434 responses from around the world.

A rigorous judging process took place over a month, whittling the 434 entries down to a panel of 47 practices including a mix of established and up-and-coming studios. From this long-list, the final 16 architects were chosen who went on to deliver the 2,818 homes now know as the East Village.

Lend Lease Europe Chairman Nigel Hugill commented after the judging process:

“The judges faced a daunting task in selecting the practices, given the overwhelming response to the call from talented practices of all sizes. We are, however, confident that the panel we have selected will deliver truly world class architecture.”


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