RIBA HAS REVEALED the best student architecture projects of 2019 as part of its annual President’s Medals, with winners selected from students at universities in the UK and Australia.
The RIBA (Royal Institute for British Architects) Silver Medal, awarded to the best design project produced at RIBA Part 2 level or equivalent, was presented by Lord Foster, a former recipient of the award 60 years ago, to Victoria King of University of Melbourne, AUS for Surface Tension: Blueprints for Observing Contamination in the Sydney Harbour Estuary.
Victoria King developed a set of blueprints from the survey, to explore how contamination can create opportunities for renewal in the area.
Commendations in the RIBA Silver Medal category were awarded to Finbar Charleson of Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, Samiur Rahman at University of Greenwich and Piotr Smiechowicz of London South Bank University.
Bronze and dissertation awards
The RIBA Bronze Medal for the best design project produced at RIBA Part 1 level or equivalent went to Annabelle Tan of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL for Wetland Frontier.
Annabel Tan’s project proposes regenerating New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward community and the adjacent Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle, following a period of neglect and segregation.
Commendations in the RIBA Bronze Medal category were awarded to Imogen Dhesi of the Bartlett School of Architecture, Samuel Kerin of the University of Nottingham and Paula Pocol of the University of Greenwich.
Dissertation Medals were presented to Ruth Pearn of the University of Westminster and Naomi Rubbra of Bartlett School of Architecture
RIBA President Alan Jones said: “This year’s winners impressed the judges with the rigour and analysis they applied to exploring ideas and solutions relevant to the problems of today.
“It is exciting to see such talent – and I very much look forward to seeing how their careers progress.”