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RIBA honours world’s best student work with President’s Medals

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A design for a school damaged in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and a proposal to solve the housing crisis by building ‘room boxes’ on London’s terraced streets have been named the world’s best student projects of 2017 by the RIBA

The RIBA Silver Medal for outstanding work by a RIBA Part 2 or equivalent student was awarded to Daniel Hall from The Cooper Union, New York, USA for his concept to replace a school in Mashiko, Japan,

It is the first time the prestigious accolade has gone to a higher education institution not currently validated by the institute.

The Bronze Medal,for the best design project produced at RIBA Part 1 or equivalent went to Kangli Zheng, a student at the University of Nottingham for Castle in the Sky – a proposal to create new communities by building above terraced houses in the capital.

No student from the university had ever won any of the RIBA’s Presidents medals since their creation in 1836.

This year the medals awards attracted the highest number of entries in its history: 293 design projects and dissertations were submitted by 97 schools of architecture from 34 countries.

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said: ’The entries for this awards programme are always impressive and this year was no exception, with more entries than ever before.

‘I’m extremely pleased to see that the creativity and accomplished technique in the work of these budding architects is matched with a renewed ambition and focus on the important role that architecture plays in social betterment.

The passion and intelligence with which these graduates address complex architectural briefs by drawing from personal experiences and involving those for whom their buildings are designed is achieved with remarkable rigour and commitment.

’I very much look forward to following their successful careers.’

The 2017 RIBA President’s Medals exhibition is on display at the RIBA in Portland Place, London, until Saturday 10 February, and at RIBA North in Liverpool until 24 February 2018.

RIBA Bronze Medal winner 2017: Kangli Zheng (University of Nottingham) for ‘Castle in the Sky’

RIBA Bronze Medal winner 2017: Kangli Zheng (University of Nottingham) for ‘Castle in the Sky’

RIBA Bronze Medal winner 2017: Kangli Zheng (University of Nottingham) for ‘Castle in the Sky’

Results in full

Silver Medal (Part 2 or equivalent) – Winner

  • Daniel Hall (The Cooper Union, New York, USA) for ‘Cycles of Toolmaking: An Optic, Tactile, Haptic, Material, Scalar and Pedagogic Study’

Silver Medal (Part 2 or equivalent) – Commendations 

  • Danielle Fountain (De Montfort University) for ‘The House of Ambiguity: Constructing Fictional Space’
  • Tom Hewitt (Northumbria University) for ‘Landhaus: Walking the Landscape as Design Practice’
  • Ivo Tedbury (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), for ‘Semblr’

Bronze Medal (Part 1 or equivalent) – Winner

  • Kangli Zheng (University of Nottingham) for ‘Castle in the Sky’

Bronze Medal (Part 1 or equivalent) - High Commendation

  • Luca Garoli (Queen’s University Belfast) for ‘Innovate to Conserve: Whiskey Distillery in Ballycastle’

Bronze Medal (Part 1 or equivalent) Commendations

  • Gabriel Beard (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) for ‘Ascaya City Hall: Constructing a Virtual Civic Image’
  • Shi Yin Ling (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) for ‘Seasonal Dense(cities) – Living Garden Typologies for Future London’

Dissertation Medal – Winner

  • Rhiain Bower (University of Westminster) for ‘Baricsio: The Slate Quarrymen’s Barracks in North West Wales’ 

Dissertation Medal – Commendations

  • Christopher Rogers (RIBA Studio) for ‘Architecture in Uniform: PSTD Prevention in Military Architecture’
  • Naomi Rubbra (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) for ‘Building Resilient Communities in NYC: Rethinking Gentrification and the Role of the Architect’
  • Rory Sherlock (Architectural Association) for ‘Multimedia Oblivion – Palmyra: Violence, erasure and the corporeal architectural body’.

The Serjeant Awards for Excellence in Drawing were presented to Gabriel Beard (RIBA Part 1) for ‘Ascaya City Hall: Constructing a Virtual Civic Image’ and Thomas Parker (RIBA Part 2) for ‘An Architecture of Lumetric Causality’, both from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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