From a dystopian vision of Brixton to a sanctuary for quarry workers in Bangalore to new homes for a remote Aboriginal community in Australia, this year's RIBA President's Medals Student Awards, in association with Atkins, show how today's architecture students around the world are grappling with pressing social issues and, through architecture, coming up with original solutions. Warm Thanks to David Gloster, RIBA Director of Education for his outstanding invitation to contribute with the RIBA President's Medals Student Awards 2011.
Kibwe Tavares, a student of The Bartlett, University College London, has won the Silver Medal – awarded to a Part 2 project – for Robots of Brixton: Taking the existing buildings of Brixton as a starting point, and eerily prescient of this summer's riots in English cities, this startling short film combines architectural drawings and futuristic animation to comment on the social tensions of inner city life.
Congratulating the winners, RIBA President Angela Brady said:
'The winners of this year’s RIBA President's Medals show the outstanding talent of today's architecture students. With highly creative and inspired thinking they are confronting real social issues – and showing how good architecture and design can, and does, improve the quality of people's lives. I am delighted to present these awards.'
Silver Medal-winner Kibwe Tavares (the Bartlett School of Architecture) at the the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards Ceremony
An exhibition of entries is currently displayed at the RIBA in London until 28 January 2012. The exhibition will then travel to Newcastle, Liverpool, and Dublin, and plans for other venues in the UK, Australia, Romania, and the UAE are being firmed up.
This year saw the highest number ever of entries for the awards: 276 entries from 83 schools of architecture in 27 countries.
David Gloster, RIBA Director of Education
with Silver Medal-winner Kibwe Tavares (the Bartlett School of Architecture) at the the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards
The Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA about to announce the winners of its President's Medals Student Awards 2011 For more information, visit www.presidentsmedals.com
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced the winners of its President's Medals Student Awards at a ceremony in London on 7 December.
These prestigious awards have been made since the 1850s, when the RIBA started offering a Silver Medal to reward student achievement. A Bronze Medal was added in the 1980s to reward Part 1 student work and in 2001 the Institute started awarding the Dissertation Medal.
The judging panel for the Bronze and Silver Medals included: Oliver Richards, ORMS Architecture Design; Jorge Ayala, [Ay]A Studio; Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects; and Edouard François, Edouard François Architecte.