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Child's play: Wilkinson, Conway + Akram win school design contest

The winners of a school design project for children have been announced by architecture education organisation Open House

The Open Up competition asked secondary school students from 26 schools across London to produce drawings and models of their vision for a temporary school building, applying the knowledge they had acquired from the site visits, workshops and discussions with architects and engineers.

Alexandra Wilkinson, Daniela Conway and Sabrina Akram from Langdon School were announced Open Up 2009 Overall Winner for their Katapilla design, which was praised by the judges for being a very thoughtful and inventive response to the brief combining practical and inventive ideas that resulted in an inspirational learning space.

Prizes included £200 to be spent on school facilities, a framed presentation certificate, 3D rendering of final designs, a day at Foster’s model-making studios and technical drawing kits. Alan Jones, Partnerships for Schools and Hugh Dames, BSF Manager for local borough Waltham Forest, judged the competition.

Founding Director of Open House, Victoria Thornton said: ‘This is the sixth year we have run our Open Up programme which sees year on year in a rise in the number of schools who wish to participate. At a time when the design of schools across the country is at the forefront of the government’s agenda Open House is pleased to offer ways to educate young people in the language of architecture and the built environment in order to enable them to become informed clients should their school become involved in the BSF programme.’

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