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Students and young architects invited to AIA London charrette

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A design for a building or structure on the Thames is the subject of this year's student/young architect charrette, organised by the London chapter of the American Institute of Architects for Saturday 18 October.

Entitled 'Afloat on the Thames', the design could be a floating museum, a performance art stage, or other piece of civic architecture. The topic conjures up associations with bridges, pontoons and boats.

Each team of students will be led by a professional architect who will provide imagination and guidance. Team leaders include Max Neal - the project architect of London City Hall - and Sean Affleck, both of Foster & Partners, and Edgar Gonzalez of Brisac Gonzalez, who won the competition for the 'Ice Cube' Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg. Roger Kallman of SOM London and Clarissa Matthews from Ian Ritchie Architects have also agreed to lead teams. Structural engineer David Glover, director of Arup Engineering, will assist all teams throughout the day with engineering design.

A jury chaired by AJ editorial director Paul Finch will pick first, second and third prizewinners, announced at a wine reception on the day.

The charrette will take place at MoreLondon, the mixed-use complex next to City Hall by Tower Bridge. CallPrint, which has sponsored the charrette for many years, will provide reproduction services and modelmaking materials.

Fees are £5 for students and £10 for professionals, payable on the day. To register, please contact Michael Deguzman at AIA London (phone/fax) on 020 7930 9124 or email him at chapterexecutive@aiauk. org

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