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Revealed: 2013 RIBA President’s Medal winners

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The winners of the prestigious student awards have been announced

This year the all three of the awards went to graduates from the Bartlett School of Architecture, with students from the school picking up the Silver, Bronze and Dissertation medals.

The Silver Medal, for the best postgraduate project went to Ben Hayes for his scheme which proposed a series of 250 wooden Orthodox Churches on Kizhi Island in Northern Russia.

The Bronze Medal went to Ness Lafoy for her project entitled ‘Helsinki Archipelago Town Hall’.

The Bartlett’s unprecedented clean sweep has caused surprise among educators. Just one school outside the capital, De Montfort University in Leicester, received a commendation.

RIBA president Stephen Hodder said: ‘Congratulations to Ben, Ness and Tamsin, all deserving recipients of the President’s Medal. They overcame intense competition from the best students of architecture around the world and truly shined with their innovative, challenging and thought-provoking projects.

‘2013 has been year of exceptional entries for the RIBA President’s Medals which continues to highlight and reward the very best talent from around the world. It’s been a pleasure to present these awards to the future leaders of our profession.’

The medals which reward ‘talent and excellence in the study of architecture’ date back to 1836.

Silver Medal

Ben Hayes, Bartlett School of Architecture

Silver Medal winner: Ben Hayes, Bartlett School of Architecture

The Silver Medal, which recognises the best Part 2 project, went to Ben Hayes for his Kizhi Island design. Set on the north Russian island, the project sets out a ‘museum landscape’, complete with 250 wooden Orthodox churches and examines the ‘wide-scale impact of Soviet collectivisation’


  • Amy Perkins, London Metropolitan University
  • Vladislav Velkov, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (Bulgaria)

Bronze Medal

Ness Lafoy, Bartlett School of Architecture

Bronze Medal winner: Ness Lafoy, Bartlett School of Architecture

Ness Lafoy won the 2013 RIBA President’s Bronze Medal for best Part 1 design for her Helsinki Archipelago Town Hall project, which proposes a mainland hub serving the 50,000 people who live on the hundreds of small islands that surround the Finnish capital


  • Pierre Blanc, London Metropolitan University
  • Thomas Bush, De Montfort University
  • Minghui Ke, Kingston University

Dissertation Medal

Tamsin Hanke, Bartlett School of Architecture

Dissertation Medal winner: Tamsin Hanke, Bartlett School of Architecture

Against a similar political backdrop to Hayes’ winning submission, Tamsin Hanke was awarded the Dissertation Medal for her work Magnitogorsk: Utopian vision of spatial socialism, looking at the Russian city of Magnitogorsk as an experimental socialist utopia


  • Leah Hogan, University College Dublin
  • Shapur Keshvari, Kingston University
  • Srisaravanan Subramaniam, National University of Singapore
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