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Winners of the 2012 RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards
Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012 |

The winners of the 2012 RIBA President’s Medals were announced this week at a special ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. Dating back to 1836, the prestigious RIBA President's Medals reward talent and excellence in the study of architecture.

David Rieser and Anna Nenaseva receiving the Silver Medal (best post-graduate design work) for their team and the work 'Sunbloc'

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David Rieser and Anna Nenaseva receiving the Silver Medal (best post-graduate design work) for their team and the work 'Sunbloc'

Sunbloc’, a collaborative project by a team of students from London Metropolitan University, received the RIBA Silver Medal (awarded for best post-graduate design work). The team was comprised of the students YiJing He, Steven Watson, Stephen Osborn, Nkesi Nduka, Lucas Dowsett, Krists Ernstson, Guillermo Martinez Pajares, Gustavo Balague, Georgia Neesham, David Rieser, Chris Perry, Anna Nenaseva, Anca Trestian and Alex Potter

Sunbloc is a lightweight and heavily-insulated prototype house constructed using a pioneering system of foam blocks and steel cables. The inexpensive structure is designed to produce more electricity than it consumes over an annual cycle. The judges rewarded the detailed study and solid body of research involved in the project and were highly impressed with the team’s entrepreneurial spirit and ability to complete a real building. The students were tutored by Eva Diu, Nathaniel Kolbe, Jonas Lundberg, Toby Burgess and Iain Maxwell.

Silver Medal (for best post-graduate design work): ‘Sunbloc’ by Heliomet Team

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Silver Medal (for best post-graduate design work): ‘Sunbloc’ by Heliomet Team

Silver Medal (for best post-graduate design work): ‘Sunbloc’ by Heliomet Team

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Silver Medal (for best post-graduate design work): ‘Sunbloc’ by Heliomet Team

Silver Medal (for best post-graduate design work): ‘Sunbloc’ by Heliomet Team

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Silver Medal (for best post-graduate design work): ‘Sunbloc’ by Heliomet Team

Vidhya Pushpanathan from the Architectural Association was awarded the Bronze Medal (for best undergraduate design project) for her project ‘The Depository of Forgotten Monuments’.

Bronze Medal (best undergraduate design project) for Vidhya Pushpanathan

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Bronze Medal (best undergraduate design project) for Vidhya Pushpanathan

‘The Depository of Forgotten Monuments’ addresses Moscow’s paradox of deconstruction and reconstruction. The project suggests a flexible architectural framework. As both a curatorial strategy and an urban prototype, it suggests an opportunity for a hybrid between the city’s cultural and commercial art sites and an allowance for the co-existence of past and future. The project was deemed by the judges to reveal a fresh and sophisticated quality of thinking. Vidhya Pushpanathan was tutored by Maria Fedorchenko and Tatiana von Preussen.

Bronze Medal (for best undergraduate design project): Vidhya Pushpanathan for ‘The Depository of Forgotten Monuments’

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Bronze Medal (for best undergraduate design project): Vidhya Pushpanathan for ‘The Depository of Forgotten Monuments’

Bronze Medal (for best undergraduate design project): Vidhya Pushpanathan for ‘The Depository of Forgotten Monuments’

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Bronze Medal (for best undergraduate design project): Vidhya Pushpanathan for ‘The Depository of Forgotten Monuments’

Bronze Medal (for best undergraduate design project): Vidhya Pushpanathan for ‘The Depository of Forgotten Monuments’

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Bronze Medal (for best undergraduate design project): Vidhya Pushpanathan for ‘The Depository of Forgotten Monuments’

Matthew Leung from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, was awarded the Dissertation Medal for his work ‘Oriental Orientalism in Japan – the case of Yokohama Chinatown’.

Dissertation Medal for Matthew Leung

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Dissertation Medal for Matthew Leung

The judges considered this a highly accomplished dissertation on the development of a pocket of Chinese style within a major Japanese city. Drawing from an impressive breadth of sources, Matthew Leung meticulously composes a picture that brings a careful reading of history to bear upon the complex contemporary reality. Critically astute, beautifully written and illustrated, this piece never loses sight of the architectural dimension of its topic, offering a thoroughly convincing and sophisticated discussion of an unexpected and topical subject. The dissertation was supervised by Professor Murray Fraser.

Dissertation Medal: Matthew Leung for ‘Oriental Orientalism in Japan – the case of Yokohama Chinatown’

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Dissertation Medal: Matthew Leung for ‘Oriental Orientalism in Japan – the case of Yokohama Chinatown’

Dissertation Medal: Matthew Leung for ‘Oriental Orientalism in Japan – the case of Yokohama Chinatown’

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Dissertation Medal: Matthew Leung for ‘Oriental Orientalism in Japan – the case of Yokohama Chinatown’

Dissertation Medal: Matthew Leung for ‘Oriental Orientalism in Japan – the case of Yokohama Chinatown’

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Dissertation Medal: Matthew Leung for ‘Oriental Orientalism in Japan – the case of Yokohama Chinatown’

RIBA President Angela Brady said: "Congratulations to our deserving President’s Medal winners who have fought-off tough competition from the best students of architecture from around the world and truly excelled with their innovative, challenging and thought-provoking projects. 2012 has been a record-breaking year for the RIBA President’s Medals with the highest number of entries ever in the 176 year history of the awards. It is an honor to present these awards to the future trailblazers of the architecture profession."

A number of other important student awards were also presented at that night's ceremony (click here to see all winners in detail):

Bronze Medal Commendation

Paddi Alice Benson from the University of Cambridge for ‘Remember Berlin - kunsthochschule archipelago’

Bronze Medal Commendation

Richard Breen from the University of Newcastle for ‘Afterimage - Projected Morphology: a cyclotel created from perspectives’

Dissertation Medal High Commendation

Kirti Durelle from the University of Sheffield for ‘Poetic Creation: the magical metaphor of architectural design - an investigation into the relationship of exoteric and esoteric dimensions in the practice of architecture and alchemy’

Dissertation Medal Commendation

Stephen Marshall from the Architectural Association for ‘Here isn't now - Ballard, Silvertown and the forces of time’

Dissertation Medal Commendation

Tom Sykes from Cardiff University for ‘The Site as Muse: Georges Perec and Walking into Topophilia’

SOM Traveling Fellowships

Part 1: Paddi Alice Benson from the University of Cambridge

Part 2: Rebecca Roberts from London Metropolitan University

Serjeant Awards for Excellence in Drawing

Part 1

Vidhya Pushpanathan from the Architectural Association  for ‘The Depository of Forgotten Monuments’

Part 2

Martin Tang from Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, for ‘Manual for Eternal Autumnal Micro-climates: re-imagining Kyoto as the city of a thousand autumns’

RIBA Donaldson Medal

Brook Lin was awarded the RIBA Donaldson Medal. The winner of this medal is selected by the Bartlett School of Architecture to the student who graduates top of the class at Part I.

The judging panel for the Bronze and Silver Medals included
  • Chair, Oliver Richards: ORMS; RIBA Vice-President Education
  • Eva Castro: Architectural Association, Plasma Studio and GroundLab
  • Anna Liu: Tonkin Liu
  • Chris Wilkinson: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
The judging panel for the Dissertation Medal included:
  • Chair, Dr Alexandra Stara: Kingston University
  • Dr Nathaniel Coleman: University of Newcastle
  • Professor Mark Cousins: Architectural Association
  • Dr Samantha Martin-Mcauliffe: University College Dublin

All images courtesy of RIBA.



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