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AJ Student Prize 2018: University of Liverpool

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The two students selected for the AJ Student Prize by the University of Liverpool

About the School of Architecture

  • Courses BA, MArch, MA, MSc, PhD 
  • Location Liverpool
  • Head of School Soumyen Bandyopadhyay
  • Full-time tutors 34 
  • Part-time tutors 40 
  • Number of students 750 
  • Staff to student ratio 1:8
  • Fees £9,000


Scott Millington, BA Architectural Studies



Project title Network

Project description The brief anticipates the forthcoming roll-out of a small number of Channel 4 TV hubs in the regions and constituent nations of the UK. Liverpool possesses a rich and varied architectural heritage which makes it a popular destination for film and television production. The city has recently been shortlisted as a potential destination by Channel 4. The accommodation requirements for the project were administrative offices and media facilities comprising one large multi-purpose television studio; one studio for live broadcast; sound recording studios; associated green rooms and changing rooms; and a cinema room. These intensive demands had to be satisfied on a restricted docklands site, which is located within a World Heritage Site and at the heart of a vibrant tourist district.  The design solution segregates the administrative function and media facilities into separate wings, unifying them with a covered courtyard in order to promote public engagement and provide shelter in an exposed maritime location. 

Section render

Section render

Tutor citation ‘The design skilfully responds to the commercial nature of the project. It is a practical solution to a complex problem but nonetheless creates moments of spectacle and the general aura of a media centre.’ Richard Dodd


George Clarke, Oliver Bennison, Saskia Furman, Harry Lewis, MArch

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02 site analysis

Project title Automonument

Project description It’s 2030. 10 million jobs have been lost to automation. Such a shift has resulted in structured unemployment, which has changed the meaning of work and its relationship to the home. Consequently, large-scale office buildings are now redundant, and these architectural dinosaurs can be manipulated to respond to emerging lifestyles that have resulted from automation and extenuate London’s housing crisis. A study of late-20th century sociology explored the predictions for automation and globalisation, and how the altered relationship between living and working will affect the future of housing. Sociology, along with data-based reports, such as PwC’s report on automation, informed a set of outcomes that automation would have on worldwide central business districts, along with the effect it would have on society. A new typology was created through transposing existing housing typologies onto the infrastructural skeleton of the redundant office tower – a hybrid of housing that accentuated the importance of public space and the new breed of guilds that would coexist on this architectural dinosaur. The thesis began with the London testbed of Canary Wharf.

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07 isometric section

Tutor citation ‘The thesis is both pragmatic and visionary, an intellectually rigorous advocacy for architectural design.’ Johana Muszbek

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