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Architecture Student Design Award 2009

Architecture students are being invited by the City of London Corporation to design a new seating area for the Riverside Walk in the ‘Square Mile

The Architecture Student Design Award 2009 has been launched, in conjunction with the Cathedral Works Organisation (CWO), Albion Stone Plc and The Mason’s Company, to encourage architecture students to come up with innovative design ideas, and to provide an opportunity for selected trainee masons to develop their stone masonry skills.

Students are being asked to design a seating form for the Riverside Walk, which is part of the Thames Path, extending from Victoria Embankment to Tower Pier on the north side of the River Thames.

The objectives for the design include the following:

  • to produce a striking, innovative 21st century seat design, which can be carved from a single block of quarried natural stone (3m³), with or without slabbing and jointing;
  • to enhance its setting and complement the Riverside Walk;
  • to be visually engaging, functionally useful and well crafted;
  • to be designed with long-term performance characteristics, such as weathering, safety and ease of maintenance in mind; and 
  • to take account of skateboard prevention measures.

Entries should be submitted by Friday 10 July 2009 - and by the end of the month, the judging panel will contact three short-listed applicants to invite them to visit the quarry and stone masons workshop in August. The three students will present their designs to the panel in September, and the winning design will be chosen shortly afterwards. 

The winning student will work closely with trainee masons from CWO and the Masons Company, while his or her design takes shape during October and November, and will watch its installation on a chosen site along the Riverside Walk  (adjacent to London Bridge). The student will also be invited to attend the unveiling ceremony, hosted the Lord Mayor of the City of London on Thursday 3 December 2009.

Designs will be accepted in either hand- or computer-drawn form. Electronic submissions must be compatible with the City of London’s software (i.e. compatible with Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD (.dwg or .dxf) or Adobe PDF.

The judging panel will include Deputy Christine Cohen OBE, Chairman of Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation; Martin Rodman, from the City of London Corporation’s Open Spaces Department; Adam Stone, master mason at CWO; Michael Poultney from Albion Stone; and Sam Dawkins and Donna Walker, who have previously won the Architecture Student Award.

For an application pack and full brief, please contact:

Jamie Bottono
Architectural Student Award Competition 2009
Department of Environmental Services
City of London Corporation
PO Box 270
or email

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