studio Kuwait’s architectural firm Toggle has won a major award for the prestigious A + International Architecture Award from the popular Architizer magazine. The office, led by architects Hend Almatrouk and Gijo Paul George, has won the coveted “Popular Choice Award” in the “Best Young Firm” category, with four finalists from the UK and China selected from over 100 to over 5,000 nominations. Did. Country.
Studio Toggle also received the prestigious “Juror’s Choice Award” in the “Best Architecture Offices in the Middle East and Africa” category. The other four finalists included two offices from Iran and two offices from the Zionist organization.
Other winners are:
- Zaha Hadid Architects (Judge’s Choice, Best Large Architects)
- AGi Architects (Judge’s Choice, Cultural Pavilion Design Category)
- Montalva Architects (Popular Choice, Best Architects in North America)
- NADAAA (Judge’s Choice, Best Public Project Architects)
- Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) (Popular Choice, Best Sustainable Architectural Office)
- Akira Koyama (Judge selection, Asia’s best architectural firm)
StudioToggle and AGiArchitects are, so far, the only Kuwaiti architectural firms that have won this prestigious award. StudioToggle was first awarded in 2020 at Project Khat in Alura, Saudi Arabia.
About Architizer A + Awards
Architizer A + Awards is the world’s largest award program, with over 400 million viewers, promoting and celebrating the best architecture and space of the year. Its mission is to foster a meaningful understanding of architecture around the world and to defend the designers who are essential to bring great buildings to life. 2022 is the 10th anniversary of this prestigious award, with previous winners including Zaha Hadid Architects, Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), and Bjarke Ingels Group.
This year’s winners were selected by judges, including Zaha Hadid Architects Principal Patrik Schumacher. Bjarke Ingels: Founder of BIG. Joe Gebbia: Co-founder of Airbnb. Monica Ponce de Leon: Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Princeton University. Mosen Mosta Fabi: Dean of Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
About Studio Toggle
Studio Toggle was founded in 2012 by architects Hend Almatrouk and Gijo Paul George after graduating from the University of Applied Arts (Die Angewandte) in Vienna, Austria. Although relatively new, Studio Toggle has rapidly emerged as one of the most acclaimed architectural firms in the Middle East. The office has consistently won multiple international and regional awards, and its projects are regularly published in books and magazines around the world. In 2020, Studio Toggle won the Architizer A + Award for the project Khat and made its name known internationally. In 2021, he received more international acclaim by receiving two American Institutes of Architects International Merit Awards.
In 2016, Studio Toggle opened a branch in Porto, Portugal, and in 2021, another branch in Bangalore, India.