International Architecture competition announces student winners

on Thursday,December 03,2009 21:12


Architecture challenges designers to create works of art that also follow stringent form and function rules imposed by unpredictable factors including the surrounding environment, local zoning laws and a client''s desires. To celebrate the hard work involved with creating a modern building, the Royal Institute of British Architects established it''s President''s Medals international student design competition.

The annual competition, which drew submissions from a record 70 architectural schools from 25 different countries, seeks to encourage architectural debate across the globe in addition to rewarding the talent of modern designers.

"It is incredibly invigorating to see so many fresh, new ideas coming through from the next generation of architects," says Philip Watson, head of award'' sponsor Atkins, in an interview with BD Online. "This is a way for us to fly the flag for our profession at a time when major streams of publicly funded work, such as new schools programs, are giving us an opportunity to show off the importance of good design in shaping both people and behaviors."

This year''s top prize went to the University of Westminster''s Nicholas Szczepaniak who created a defensive military structure comprised of 10 interspersed towers.

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