The RIBA Student Prizes at Brighton, Canterbury and Kent are funded by the Lovell Memorial Trust, a charity administered by the RIBA regional office.
The Trust was set up in 1939, in memory of the architect Richard Goulburn Lovell, who founded the South Eastern Society of Architects in 1928.
Local RIBA Branches award Student Prizes at Schools of Architecture in the region, at the end of the academic year.
Congratulations to this year’s Student Prize winners.
Brighton School of Architecture
- Paul Zara, Conran & Partners (Chair, RIBA Sussex Branch)
- David MacDonald, ECE Architecture
Jack Parker - Degree Prize for overall excellence for a graduating Part 1 student
Jack visualised a factory that makes fabrics from nettles on the Ravensbourne river in Catford, south London. "The nettle, which is native to riverbanks of the UK, provides an opportunity to revitalise the river."
The judges commented: "in a very strong show, Jack’s work stood out for its exceptionally high quality of presentation and thought behind the projects he presented. His work is full of the issues that architects of the future will have to manage."
Angharad Webber - Diploma Prize for overall excellence for a graduating Part 2 student
Angharad designed a university campus for the West Quay riverside strip in Newhaven, East Sussex to provide spaces for learning about, and development of, the range of products and technology which can be provided through the fishing industry – thereby breaking down social barriers between fishing commerce in Newhaven and its local community.
The judges described Angharad’s project as "a little bit unusual. It was very thorough in its exploration from community to materiality. It felt as if she’d enjoyed it – and that’s an important part of what architecture’s about."
Canterbury School of Architecture UCA
- Danka Stefan, Guy Hollaway Architects (Chair, RIBA Canterbury Branch)
- David Gullick, Clague LLP (Treasurer, RIBA Canterbury Branch)
- Victoria Pope, Hazle McCormack Young LLP
Elliott Afoke - Degree Prize for overall excellence for a graduating Part 1 student
Elliott visualised a bazaar in Budapest, run by activists opposed to Viktor Orbán, the current Prime Minister of Hungary. These opponents envisage a self sufficient society and a dynamic underground economy, which would delegitimise Orbán’s government.
Morgan Hone -Diploma Prize for overall excellence for a graduating Part 2 student
The judges admired Morgan’s project, which tackled inefficiencies in agricultural and environmental issues in the United States. His proposal was that the decline of Detroit offered opportunities as the city has a highly serviced infrastructure, but very low population numbers. Agriculture could be a new economic engine to reinvigorate the city and reduce food miles and the use of resources.
Kent School of Architecture
- Bernard Hyde (Chair, RIBA West Kent Branch)
- Sandy Mackay, Building Research Establishment
Josefine Calmels - Degree Prize for overall excellence for a graduating Part 1 student
Josefine designed a combined circus school and agricultural centre on the seafront at Margate – providing both job opportunities and a place to connect through circus arts and sustainable farming.
The judges said of Josefine’s project "we were looking for design solutions that both answered the brief and showed understanding of ‘the real world’. Josefine demonstrated that she has ideas about how buildings can achieve reasonable comfort levels without destroying the planet."
Joe Bosson - Diploma Prize for overall excellence for a graduating Part 2 student
‘wHoo Cares’ is a community resource for the Hoo Peninsula in Kent. Joe explains: "in a world where mental health issues are so prominent, my scheme attempts to normalise therapy, and use increased social interaction to create a sustainable community."
The judges described Joe’s project as "a calm, modest, and wholly pleasing environment for people who might consider themselves to be living on the edge, mentally and physically."