The Brentford Lock West Keelson Gardens in London by Mae Architects.
Tim Crocker The Brentford Lock West Keelson Gardens in London by Mae Architects.

On Thursday, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced the shortlist for the first-ever Neave Brown Award for Housing, which aims to recognize the "best new example of affordable housing in the UK," according to the RIBA website. RIBA named the award for U.S.-born architect and 2018 RIBA Gold medalist, Neave Brown, who died in 2018.

"We urgently need to build new homes in the U.K., but must ensure that they are sustainable and of the highest quality to meet the needs of current and future generations," RIBA president Ben Derbyshire said in a press release. "This shortlist presents four exemplars—innovative, creative and highly desirable new communities in a diverse range of locations and situations. Each one addresses the challenge of housing affordability with impressive thought and innovative design—and are collectively a fitting homage to the legacy of the late, great Neave Brown.”

Remembered as a pioneer in public housing, Neave Brown was born in Utica, N.Y., and studied at London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture. He began practicing in 1950, designing modernist housing projects for sites across the U.K. and making his mark as a a creator of communities.

Four housing projects have been shortlisted for this year's award. At least one-third of the units in each qualify as affordable, and each was also a winner of a a 2019 RIBA Regional award—both requirements for the award. After consideration from a panel of three judges, the winner will be announced on Oct. 8, at the RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony.

The 2019 Shortlist:

Tim Crocker

Brentford Lock West Keelson Gardens in London

Jack Hobhouse

Eddington Lot 1 in Cambridge, England
WilkinsonEyre with Mole Architects

Matthew Pattenden

Goldsmith Street in Norwich, England
Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley

Peter Landers

The Colville Estate in London
Karakusevic Carson Architects with David Chipperfield Architects