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RIBA Awards 2018 President's Medals for World’s Best Student Projects

RIBA Awards 2018 President's Medals for World’s Best Student Projects
RIBA Awards 2018 President's Medals for World’s Best Student Projects, How to Carve a Giant. Image © Sonia Magdziarz
How to Carve a Giant. Image © Sonia Magdziarz

The Royal Institute of British Architects have announced the winners of the 2018 President’s Medals for the world’s best architecture student projects. This year's winners were selected from 328 design projects and dissertations submitted by over 100 schools of architecture in 37 countries. Three medals were presented, as well as commendations to nine students of architecture from around the world. Each year, the medals are awarded to reward talent and promote innovation in architectural education.

Infrastructures of Memory, Phygital Bodies in a Concrete Cloud. Image © Kevin Herhusky Species of Nooks and Other Niches. Image © Rosemary Milne Dreaming of Electric Sheep. Image © Justin Bean Tilling the Prado: A Furrow of Re-Construction. Image © Ruth McNickle + 13

RIBA Silver Medal: Sonia Magdziarz (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)

How to Carve a Giant. Image © Sonia Magdziarz
How to Carve a Giant. Image © Sonia Magdziarz

The project (tutored by Penelope Haralambidou, Michael Tite, and Keiichi Matsuda) explores the relationship that individuals and communities have with their cultural heritage. Sonia’s proposal physically carves a Finnish folk story into the fabric of a city and reinterprets contemporary typologies such as a library, workshop, and cultural archive to question whether we can preserve and disseminate knowledge. Sonia’s new building subtly emphasises the powerful role architects play in defining the cultural heritage and identity of communities.

Commendations in the RIBA Silver Medal category were given to:

London Physic Gardens:  A New Necropolis. Image © Sam Coulton
London Physic Gardens: A New Necropolis. Image © Sam Coulton

Sam Coulton (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) for ‘London Physic Gardens:  A New Necropolis

Infrastructures of Memory, Phygital Bodies in a Concrete Cloud. Image © Kevin Herhusky
Infrastructures of Memory, Phygital Bodies in a Concrete Cloud. Image © Kevin Herhusky

Kevin Herhusky (California Polytechnic State University) for ‘Infrastructures of Memory, Phygital Bodies in a Concrete Cloud

Tilling the Prado: A Furrow of Re-Construction. Image © Ruth McNickle
Tilling the Prado: A Furrow of Re-Construction. Image © Ruth McNickle

Ruth McNickle (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) for ‘Tilling the Prado: A Furrow of Re-Construction

RIBA Bronze Medal: Justin Bean (University of Bath)

Dreaming of Electric Sheep. Image © Justin Bean
Dreaming of Electric Sheep. Image © Justin Bean

For his project (tutored by Martin Gledhill and Frank Lyons), Justin has designed a hotel situated within an electrical substation. Justin’s proposal explores the often uncomfortable relationship between humans and technology and questions whether that relationship should be complimentary instead of antagonistic. In science fiction, humans are often portrayed as being fascinated by machines and their role in future worlds, either relying on the machine to develop enhanced living standards or to threaten their livelihoods. Justin’s project proposes a physical space where the differences between human and artificial are no longer divergent, and the result is a resolved architectural piece that is both sophisticated and beautiful.

Commendations in the Bronze Medal category were given to:

Smithfield Lorry Depot. Image © Alexander Wilford
Smithfield Lorry Depot. Image © Alexander Wilford

Alexander Wilford (University of Greenwich) for ‘Smithfield Lorry Depot’

A Choreographed Timeline, Rewriting RIBA Building Contract. Image © Camille Bongard
A Choreographed Timeline, Rewriting RIBA Building Contract. Image © Camille Bongard

Camille Bongard (Architectural Association) for ‘A Choreographed Timeline, Rewriting RIBA Building Contract’

A Bridge to Wellness. Image © Sam Beattie
A Bridge to Wellness. Image © Sam Beattie

Sam Beattie (University of Nottingham) for ‘A Bridge to Wellness’

RIBA Dissertation MedalRosemary Milne (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture)

Species of Nooks and Other Niches. Image © Rosemary Milne
Species of Nooks and Other Niches. Image © Rosemary Milne

Rosie’s project looks at the obscurities and inefficiencies of the nook which has led it to become an endangered species of space, neglected in favour of efficiencies, transparencies and open-plan spaces. The dissertation examines the complex nature of the nook and emphasises its necessity and continued relevance for architectural practice and thought. The judges were unanimous in their assessment of the student as an important new talent and that a submission of this quality at undergraduate level is enormously impressive.

Commendations in the Dissertation Medal category were awarded to:

Reading the Past and the Faraway: Simulation, Meaning, and Macau. Image © Ethan Loo
Reading the Past and the Faraway: Simulation, Meaning, and Macau. Image © Ethan Loo

Ethan Loo (University of Sheffield) for ‘Reading the Past and the Faraway: Simulation, Meaning, and Macau’

The Whole-body Seer: Blindness as Narrative, Subject and a Way of Seeing. Image © Marie-Henriette Desmourès
The Whole-body Seer: Blindness as Narrative, Subject and a Way of Seeing. Image © Marie-Henriette Desmourès

Marie-Henriette Desmourès (London Metropolitan University) for ‘The Whole-body Seer: Blindness as Narrative, Subject and a Way of Seeing’

Another Hotel in Africa: A New Prototype for a Community-Initiated, Phased West African Hotel Project with Attached Hospitality School, in Lekki, Nigeria. Image © Mark Shtanov
Another Hotel in Africa: A New Prototype for a Community-Initiated, Phased West African Hotel Project with Attached Hospitality School, in Lekki, Nigeria. Image © Mark Shtanov

Mark Shtanov (University of Cambridge) for ‘Another Hotel in Africa: A New Prototype for a Community-Initiated, Phased West African Hotel Project with Attached Hospitality School, in Lekki, Nigeria’

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said that, “the breadth and scale of talent evidenced in the design proposals and writings produced by this year’s winners is truly remarkable. This is an emerging generation of skilled thinkers who are able to distil complex ideas and resolve them into sophisticated architectural proposals. They are all talents to watch.”

The 2018 RIBA President’s Medals exhibition is at the RIBA in London from 5 December 2018 to 15 February 2019, before it tours throughout the UK and internationally.

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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "RIBA Awards 2018 President's Medals for World’s Best Student Projects" 05 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/907161/riba-awards-2018-presidents-medals-for-worlds-best-student-projects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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How to Carve a Giant. Image © Sonia Magdziarz

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