Su Shengliang / Atelier Deshaus – Twenty images were shortlisted for the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards, featuring buildings from across the world such as the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai.
Tan Lingfrei / Public housing developement – The images are split according to four categories - Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place, and Building in Use -- and judged according to how they "translate the sophistication of architecture into a readable and understandable two dimensions".
Fernando Guerra / Richter Dahl Rocha & Associes – Fernando Guerra won the overall prize with his shot of student accommodation in Ecublens, Switzerland. "I was waiting all day to get the photo," he remembers. "Five minutes before I took it, the place was completely empty because everyone was inside their quarters watching the football match."
Ieva Saudargaite / Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo – The architecture featured in the shortlisted images varies widely -- the Sense of Place category features towering residential buildings on the Dubai coast, and a school project by architectural charity Article 25 in Burkina Faso.
Mark Gorton / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – The Interiors section moves between the highly styled calm of a Swiss chalet to the frenetic neon of London's Leadenhall Building.
Christopher Frederick Jones / Cox Rayner Architects – A striking feature is how many of the shortlisted works have people in them, demonstrating how in 2015 architectural photography has moved away from the trend for showing buildings stripped of life.
Fernando Guerra / OTO Arquitectos – "I want to show life in those buildings," Guerra says. "So you need almost the eye of a photojournalist, rather than just to be a technician who shows the facades of the buildings."
Grant Smith / Article 25 – The architectural photography championed by the Arcaid Awards puts buildings within their context, showing them as places to live rather than monuments to admire from the outside.
Fernando Guerra / OTO Arquitectos – "The photos that I really treasure, the ones I like the most," Guerra continues, "are the ones that take care of the unique moment, the ones that cannot be repeated in time. If they can be repeated, I'm not quite happy with that."
Iwan Baan / Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei – Iwan Baan has developed strong relationships with a number of today's major architects. He recorded the construction of the National Stadium in Beijing, better known as the Bird's Nest, by Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with the artist Ai Weiwei.
Iwan Baan / Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren – Another major project is the CCTV tower in Beijing by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren which has been ongoing for a decade. Here Baan captures the two leaning towers shortly before they connected in 2007.
Iwan Baan – Baan's collection of images covers both the building and the community of workers who live on site. "My mission is not just a look at the building and the architecture," Baan says, "but a look at the world around it."
Iwan Baan – The Tower of David, a 45-story skyscraper in the heart of Caracas, Venezuela, was known as the world's tallest slum. About 750 families squatted within the construction site of the unfinished tower, building their own apartments and a gym out of found materials. Baan won a Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Architectural Biennale for his series.
Iwan Baan / NLÉ Architects – An aerial photograph of the Makoko Floating School by Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ Architects. Makoko is a large informal community in the center of Lagos where about 150.000 people live in self-built structures on the water. The three-story school is a floating structure at the edge of the community, shot by Iwan Baan in 2013.
Iwan Baan / José Selgas's MIT unit – A clinic in Kenya, built by students in José Selgas's MIT unit, combined locally sourced materials and unusual design for a structure that is both highly functional and beautiful. The strategy was to make a custom and responsive architecture from a kit of common construction parts which integrate forms and methods of vernacular Turkana architecture.
Iwan Baan – In this airborne image of half the city plunged into darkness, Baan captured one of the defining shots of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, making it onto the cover of New York Magazine.