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RIBA Stirling Prize video: University of Greenwich by Heneghan Peng

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Heneghan Peng co-founder Shih-Fu Peng tells the AJ about the concepts behind the practice’s Stirling Prize-shortlisted University of Greenwich

The £38.9 million scheme features a large double-height space for presentations and student reviews which Peng described as a ‘field of making’.

He told the AJ: ‘In the same way that the building pushes against the historic context, the crit space also has a resistance.

‘The crit space is designed as a two-storey high space because if we made it one-storey and filled the void with more studio space, it would inevitablty void the resistance of the critique.’

He added: ‘The critique is effectively when the student does their work and it is against the jury that they have to defend their work.’

The 15,200m² school of architecture building sits within the historic area of Greenwich and features a new campus library, two lecture theatres, broadcast quality TV studios, seminar spaces and design studios.

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