The Bartlett School of Architecture has topped the RIBA President’s Medals for the second year running
Bartlett student Nick Elias picked up the prestigious Silver Medal for his postgraduate project entitled ‘PoohTown’. The scheme looked at the ‘happy fictitious world’ of AA Milne’s stories, and applied these concepts to the planning of Slough.
In 2013, the Bartlett, part of University College London, took all three of the President’s Medals in an unprecedented clean sweep, which caused surprise among some tutors (AJ 04.12.13).
This year, accolades also went to students from Kingston in south-west London and the University of Sydney.
Simon Dean of Kingston University won the Bronze Medal for best Part 1 project. He proposed a bathhouse on a quarry carved into rock created by solidified lava, which erupted from Mount Vesuvius in 1944.
The Dissertation Medal was awarded to Jasper Ludewig for Made Ground: A Spatial History of Sydney Park. His dissertation, completed at the University of Sydney, was a case study of ‘spatial history’, a method of historical inquiry developed by Australian-based geographer, historian and architectural theorist Paul Carter.
RIBA president Stephen Hodder said: ‘[The winners’] talent and hard work remind us all of the important part that architecture plays in creating a better world and the key role performed by the architect in the process.
‘Without a doubt, the projects deserve to be rewarded not only for their accomplished words, images and models, but also for revealing the intellectual and experiential dimension architecture brings to daily life.’
The winning students, who each win £2,000, saw off entries from more than 300 schools of architecture to win the medals, which were first awarded in 1836.
- Justin Cawley from the University of Sydney for ‘An Ark for Endangered Atmospheres’
- Yannis Halkiopoulos from the University of Westminster for ‘Brooklyn Co-operative’
- Louis Sullivan from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, for ‘The Living Dam’
- Samuel Little from London Metropolitan University for ‘City Frame: The reappropriation of Maple House’
- Emily Priest from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, for ‘Rong Xhan Safehouse’
- Ho Yeung (Howell) Tsang from the University of Hong Kong for ‘Urban Living Transition: Vanishing heritage of Hong Kong residence’
- Ekaterina Tikhoniouk from University College Dublin for ‘Towards a Common Ground for Play: Examining the history of play and playgrounds in Dublin’s Liberties’
- Leon Fenster from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, for ‘Exilic Landscapes: Synagogues and Jewish architectural identity in 1870s Britain’