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Robot riots filmmaker wins silver RIBA President’s Medal

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Bartlett student Kibwe Tavares won this year’s silver RIBA President’s Medal for his five minute Robots of Brixton computer generated video

His ‘dystopian’ short film depicting an android riot in south London ‘stunned’ judges of the annual student awards, who described it as an ‘amazing piece of work that is truly exciting and inspirational.’

Rolfe Judd's Twickenham Station project in London

The Silver Medal – which is given to a Part II project – was announced alongside a series of other prizes run in association with Atkins by RIBA president Angela Brady at an awards ceremony this evening (7 December).

Architectural Association student Basmah Kaki won the bronze medal for her part one project ‘An acoustic lyrical mechanism’ which created a sanctuary for Indian quarrymen.

Judges were impressed by her presentation and the ‘journey of architectural exploration’ in her work.

The University of Melbourne’s Hannah Robertson took the dissertation medal for her ‘Bush Owner Builder’ project developing ‘culturally sensitive’ housing for Queensland’s indigenous communities.

The entry was described as a ‘sensitive and respectful piece of work’ by judges. ‘It rethinks the world of the architect and shows people not as clients but as genuine participants in the creative architectural process’, they said.

A part one commendation went to Daniel Schinagl of the London South Bank University for his Institute of Language and Knowledge project.

Part two commendations were awarded to Duncan Corrigall and Daniel Spence of the University of Sydney for Metamorphoses: Echo’s Retreat; Marie Kojzar of the Royal College of Art for Human Nature; and De Montfort University’s Christopher Christophi for Ecological research and macro algae monitoring facility, North Arsenale, Venice.

Dissertation commendations went to Julianne Cassidy of the University of Westminster; Costa Elia of the Bartlett School of Architecture and Joanna Doherty from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: ‘The winners of this year’s RIBA President’s Medals show the outstanding talent of today’s architecture students. With highly creative and inspired thinking they are confronting real social issues – and showing how quality architectural design improves the quality of people’s lives. I am delighted to present these awards.’

Atkins design director Philip Watson said: ‘The industry needs to encourage and celebrate creativity and innovation, which is why Atkins continues to support the RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards. The best entries this year tackled social, economic and environmental issues head-on, showing real awareness and a refreshing sense of optimism.’

Daniel Schinagl and Christopher Christophi also landed the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Architectural Drawing while SOM Foundation travelling fellowships were given to three students from the University of Liverpool: Steven Kok, Sean Peel and Hannah Wilson, as well as to the Bronze medal-winner Basmah Kaki.

More than 270 students entered this year’s awards, representing 83 schools of architecture in 27 countries.

The winning projects will be displayed at the RIBA from 7 December 2011 until 28 January 2012. The exhibition will later travel to Newcastle, Liverpool and Dublin.



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