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RIBA President’s Medal winners revealed

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Part 1 Mackintosh School of Architecture student Jack Hudspith has followed in his father’s footsteps and won the Bronze Medal at this year’s RIBA President’s Medal Student Awards

Two decades after co-founder of Panter Hudspith, Simon Hudspith won the award, his son has landed the £2,000 prize for his Cook School proposals.

The Silver Medal, which is given to the best Part 2 design project, was scooped by University of Westminster student Jonathan Schofield for his proposal Creative Evolution – Silvertown Ship Breaking Yard. Schofield also picked up the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing for a Part 2 student.

Clare Richards from the University of Westminster won the Dissertation Medal for her work Happy Communities.

The President’s Medals Student Awards promote excellence in the study of architecture, ‘rewarding talent and encouraging architectural debate world-wide’.

A record 270 Schools of architecture from more than 60 countries were invited by the RIBA to nominate two of their best student design projects at Part 1 (first degree), two at Part 2 (second degree) and one dissertation.

The winners will be presented with their medals, which have again been sponsored by Atkins, by RIBA President Ruth Reed at a ceremony held at the RIBA next Wednesday (1 December 2010).

The recipients of the Presidents Awards for Research, and the Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education, will also be awarded their prizes at the ceremony.

Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said: ‘The annual celebration of the President’s Medals reward the outstanding young talent in schools of architecture in the UK and across the world, and this year is certainly no exception. Education is an area of great importance to me, and I warmly congratulate this year’s winners for their excellent work.’

Martin Pease, Atkins’ head of architecture, said: ‘In these troubled times for the construction industry, it is pleasing to see such talent and optimism displayed in the work of students. It is vital that we find a way to support this endeavour.

‘This is why Atkins is delighted to again sponsor this year’s RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards.’

A number of other awards will also be presented at the ceremony, including commendations in the three main categories.

Commendations for Part 1 will be awarded to the projects: Data Fossils by Tobias Jewson of the Architectural Association; Monastere de L’Eau de Vie by Nicholas Shurey of the University of Bath; and to Healing Musandam: Omani Institute of Botanical Medicine by Kirsty Williams of the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL).

A commendation for Part 2 will be awarded to Port of London Authority ‘The Rise and Fall of the Icon’ by James Wignall of the Royal College of Art.

Commendations in the Dissertation category will be awarded to Qibao Kenneth Koh (National University of Singapore) for Unearthed: Surveys of Groundin the Heterotopic Chinese Grave, Morgan Lewis (University of Cambridge) for Arche to Architecture: The Forum in Republican Rome, and George Wilson (Oxford Brookes University) for Mourning the People’s Princess: Public Grief and the Consecration of Space.

The Skidmore Owings and Merrill Foundation will award two travelling fellowships of £1,250 each, to William Gowland from the University of Nottingham for Augmented Reverberation for Part 1, and to James Wignall, from the Royal College of Art for the project Port of London Authority ‘The Rise and Fall of the Icon’ for Part 2.

The Serjeant Awards for Excellence in Drawing will be awarded to Kirsty Williams of the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) for Healing Musandam: Omani Institute of Botanical Medicine at Part 1.

A public exhibition showcasing the winners will be on display at the RIBA from 1 December 2010 to the end of January 2011, before moving to the Milkandsugar Gallery in Liverpool between 16 February and 8 April 2011.

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  • Yawn, I went to Westminster & some great work comes out of it. Indeed one of the best schools at the moment but winning 9 out of the 12 RIBA Part 2 prizes over the last 6 years slightly degrades the competition dont you think? This years winner looks exactly like last years winner- let's freshen up, let's praise something new!

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