The accomplishments by ZEF, not only improved the building’s sustainability, but also enhanced the existing ecology within the surroundings. The project showed how environmental sustainability can be improved by reducing the dependence of fossil fuels resources and maximising the passive energy design of the home; whilst operating on controlled budgets.


El Ray, a small holiday house in Dungeness, whom ZEF were responsible for implementing a sustainability framework, has won the Stephen Lawrence Prize 2009.

The prize, funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, rewards smaller projects and the creativity required when architects are working with low budgets. The Stephen Lawrence Prize was set up in 1998 to draw attention to the Stephen Lawrence Trust to assist young black students to study architecture. The award was presented on the 17th October this year, at a special awards ceremony for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

20 October 2009
El Ray wins the Stephen Lawrence Prize at RIBA Awards