BRONZE MEDAL WINNER SOM RUNNER-UP
DANIEL COLL I CAPDEVILA Effective Surfaces Architectural Association
Tutors: Mark Hemel and Nathaniel Kolbe
This project, for an open-air classroom and library in Ghana and a 'responding house' in the Barbican, London, impressed the judges for the way it demonstrated an understanding of the full range of the architect's craft: research, depiction, construction and narrative.There was a slight concern that the research was designed to lead to an inevitable conclusion; the panel would like to have seen a greater demonstration of enquiry leading to something unexpected.That said, the judges were unanimous in their praise for this scheme, and it was agreed that this student's ability to build a carefully crafted argument was impressive.The quality of the drawing attracted considerable praise, as did the compilation of the portfolio; each sheet managed to generate a life of its own, which one judge called 'inspiring'.The ability of the drawings to encompass a multitude of meanings, which captured the beauty of the areas that lie 'in-between' traditional architectural considerations, also caught the judges' imagination.
'We all agreed this was good. This student demonstrates a wide understanding of the issues that will challenge them in their later studies and in professional development' David Adjaye
'Each piece of paper is independent, which is very interesting. This student has tried a number of ideas and the results are very beautiful' Kazuyo Sejima