Student News - August 2011

Tough Times Student Forum at the RIBA

Architecture Open

RIBA Research Symposium 2011

Field Studies Summer School

Book competition

Context Project – Sharing Trends in Architectural Education

Urban Strategies Competition (5 September)

Student competition - Design a Car Park Tower in Hong Kong (15 October 2011)

RIBA Nationwide Housing Awards (18 October)

Competition to Design a New Capital for Australia (31 January 2012)

Blue Award 2012 (1 February 2012)

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Tough Times Student Forum at the RIBA


On 21 June 2011 students from across the UK gathered at the RIBA in London for a student forum.

The evening event aimed to bring together students, RIBA staff and practitioners to discuss issues such as professional experience and surviving architectural studies in 'tough times'.

The event gave students a chance to hear about some recent RIBA initiatives, whilst also offering students with a forum to share opinions and ideas.

Towards the end of the session the group discussed ways in which the UK student body could best communicate with each other, and work to keep the momentum of recent events.

You can read a full report of the event by downloading it below, and also read a response to the forum by a student participant, Luke Butcher in the Articles from our Writers section:


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Architecture Open

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Architecture Open 2011: Unseen 

RIBA London region has launched a new showcase opportunity for members across the capital to submit work for a landmark exhibition at the RIBA in London this coming autumn.

Open to members across all categories entrants are invited to submit work responding to the theme of 'Unseen' - these could be competition entries, concept images, paintings, drawings and models relating to projects, built or unbuilt and not widely seen.

Successful submissions will be shown in the exhibition which runs from 6 October- 4 November 2011.

For more information on how to submit work visit the RIBA London webpages




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RIBA Research Symposium 2011: The Shrinking World

Thursday 22 September 2011, 10am - 5pm
Venue: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Now in its sixth edition, the RIBA Research Symposium 2011 will address the theme of 'The Shrinking World'.

Globalisation and emerging markets present numerous opportunities for architects to export their skills all over the world. And given the state of the UK economy, providing architectural services overseas has become increasingly vital to commercial survival. How easy is it? What are the pitfalls? What are the ethics of globalisation?

Student tickets are reduced to £30. For more information and to book your place, visit

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Field Studies Summer School

Field Studies 2011 is a four-day summer-school (13-16 September) led by four sound artists, architects and composers. It explores the possibilities of engaging with places through listening, and working with recorded sound as a creative and practical tool in the context of architecture, the city and art practice.

Field Studies is organised by Musarc, a sound and architecture research platform at the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design (ASD), London Metropolitan University, and led by Joseph Kohlmaier.

For more information, visit

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Competition – ‘Win a Book!’

RIBA Education Yearbook 2011

 RIBA Education Yearbook 2011

Congratulations to Andrew Morris, from Edinburgh, for winning last month’s competition.

This month we are offering a FREE copy of the recently published RIBA Education Yearbook 2011.

This is an illustrated review of the work of students and researchers supported by the RIBA through its comprehensive programme of education awards, competitions and funding schemes.

The Yearbook includes exclusive articles and coverage of the President's Medals Student Awards, regional awards and competitions, research supported by the RIBA Research Trust Funds, RIBA ICE Bursary, RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship, and many, many more projects and activities!

To purchase a copy, send a cheque of £15 (payable to RIBA) with your postal address to:
John-Paul Nunes
RIBA Education
66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

To enter the competition, send an email to with 'FREE BOOK' in the subject line, and your name and address in the email. The winner will be announced in the next newsletter. 

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Project  Context– Sharing Trends in Architectural Education

Context Project

'Context', is a project to identify trends, themes or shared interests between schools of architecture across the UK and Ireland

There are 45 RIBA validated schools of architecture in the UK and 5 RIAI accredited schools of architecture in Ireland. Each year thousands of Part 2 architecture students graduate from these schools. However, the work of these students usually only takes place within the confines of their chosen school’s facility.

Each school is like an island, inhabited by its students. And whilst there might be lively debate, differing approaches, or common themes occurring within a given school, it may often act as a closed system, a self-sufficient processing plant for aspiring architects.

As a result, the similarities or differences between these schools often go unnoticed, unchallenged or uncelebrated. In fact, the only time many schools are referred to one another is when they are in competition, in league tables or award ceremonies that take place within the yearly cycle of student output.

This project aims to reconcile these disparate groups, by establishing connections between the schools with regard to attitudes, approaches, ways of teaching and learning.

For more information, and to take part visit the Project Context website.

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Urban Strategies Competition – Win a Grant to Study in Vienna

The Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna is hosting a student competition. The prize is a single grant of €15,000 to allow participation in the University’s Urban Strategies Postgraduate Program over the course of 16 months.

Entrants are asked to submit conceptual design and research statements by 5 September that envision an urban strategy for the city in which they live or were born in, asking the question 'Can you be radical and contextual at the same time?'. Winners will be announced at the end of September.

For more information contact or visit

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Student competition - Design a Car Park Tower in Hong Kong

Parking structures have captured the imagination of novelists, photographers and film-makers. Nevertheless, they remain peripheral to most cultures and are best understood as forbidding fictional settings or often as imposing silent buildings.

As car parks tend not to be appreciated by users (too cold, too dark, too insecure, etc), this competition hopes to offer a new take on this type of buildings.

The aim of this international competition is to design an iconic and Alternative Car Park Tower in the heart of Hong Kong. The new tower will include several possibilities for events such as concerts, art exhibitions, fashion shows, ceremonies dinners and cinematic projections.

The architecture of this new building should reflect contemporary design tendencies, standing out for its uniqueness as a car park design, while meshing in with the surrounding Hong Kong urban tissue.

The deadline for registration and submissions is 15 October 2011.

For more information, visit the Architectural Competition website.

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RIBA Nationwide Sustainable Housing Awards 2011

Nationwide Building Society has launched the 2011 Nationwide Sustainable Housing Competition, in partnership with RIBA Competitions. This year’s theme is “Regeneration” and judges will be looking for affordable housing designs that demonstrate the reuse of buildings and materials.

The competition is open to registered architects as well as architectural students, and for the first time competitors can choose to base their submissions on a ‘real’ site at Hillington Square in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, which is set to undergo extensive regeneration.

A prize fund of £20,000 has been identified for the competition. This will be split equally between the student category and the professional category as follows:

  • 1st Prize: £5,000
  • 2nd Prize: £3,000
  • 3rd Prize: £2,000

The closing date for entries is 18 October 2011.

More information about the competition and how to enter can be found on the competition website at

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Competition to Design a New Capital for Australia


 Design a new capital for Australia

In the lead up to Canberra’s Centenary celebrations in 2013, CAPITheticAL invites you to look back at the big ideas that shaped Australia’s national capital and look forward to the big ideas that will shape our future cities in the 21st century and beyond.

Artists, graphic designers, architects, urban planners and environmentalists are invited to review Canberra’s history and imagine how a hypothetical national capital might be created today.

The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2012.

For more information, visit 

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Blue Award 2012 – International Student Competition for Sustainable Architecture

The Department of Spatial and Sustainable Design at the Vienna University of Technology is holding an international contest with a prize worth €20,000.

The aim of this contest is to promote the subject of sustainability, to introduce it in the education of future architects, regional planners and urbanists, and to support the efforts of teachers and students in this field.

The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2012.

For more information, visit

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