Lateral Office and Omar Gandhi Architects make WAN 21 for 21 Award shortlist

World Architecture News (WAN) has announced the last ever final shortlist for the WAN 21 for 21 Award 2015—a celebration of those architects that could be the next leading lights for the 21st century. Over the past five years, WAN has seen such a variety of inspiring presentations enter this competition, and it all comes down to this one, where the last place available will be awarded.

WAN’s panel of experts, who are always eager to assess the entries in this unique competition, were: Andrew Best, partner at Buro Happold; David Bickle, partner at HawkinsBrown; Angela Dapper, senior associate at Denton Corker Marshall; Angus Morrogh-Ryan, co-director of De Matos Ryan; and Peter Murray, chairman of New London Architecture (NLA).

Two Canadian firms made the shortlist of 12: Lateral Office and Omar Gandhi Architects.

Based in Toronto, Lateral Office describe themselves “as an experimental design and research based practice that operates in the intersection between landscape, architecture and urbanism.” The panel selected Lateral as contenders for the shortlist with Peter Murray pointing out that their work “seems to be incredibly responsive to what is going on in Canada.”

Omar Gandhi Architects were elected for their “simply stunning” architecture, and as Angela Dapper commented, “their work is really interesting”. The discussion turned to their clear path forward into other areas of architecture. Angus Morrogh-Ryan remarked, “it seems that there is a clear trajectory into bigger master-planning work,” and the panellists were in agreement with him.

The remaining 10 firms making the shortlist are: Adept ApS, Ball-Nogues Studio, Comas Point Arquitectes slp, Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects, Haugen Zohar Architects, H&P Architects, Knight Architects, People’s Architecture Office, SO-IL and Synthesis Design + Architecture.

For full details on the shortlist, please visit