Professor David Dernie, Dean of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, opened the evening by welcoming staff, students and guests to the refurbished Marylebone campus, and sharing the recent news that the Architecture Department has been voted second best in the UK by the highly respected professional publication Architects’ Journal.
The winners of Westminster’s International Design Competition, run with the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) India, were presented with their award at the awards evening. The competition, with the theme ‘Environmental Stress’, sought to encourage innovative and creative solutions to local issues of sustainable development. Entries were received from students of architecture all over India, with the winning team from Chennai visiting Westminster from 17–25 June. The student entries shortlisted for the award, including the winning entry, are being exhibited on the ground floor at Westminster’s Marylebone Campus.
Once again we welcomed Chris Brandon, founder of Pringle Brandon, to judge and present awards to the winners of the VOLA Prize for Interior Architecture now in its third year. We are very grateful to both Pringle Brandon and VOLA for their on-going support of this award.
In the presence of his family, Bilal Rawat presented prizes to the three winning students for the best design project in the Master of Architecture. The Shoaib Mahmad Rawat Award was set up in 2010 in memory of Shoaib with generous support from the Rawat family, Grimshaw Architects - where Shoaib spent most of his professional life, and friends and fellow alumni. The appeal to keep the award continuing for the future is still open at Just Giving.
We are delighted that Detail Magazine continues to generously support the Department of Architecture with free subscriptions for our students. These were awarded to the students with the Best Architecture Design Detail in each year of the Architecture BA and the Master of Architecture courses.
Open 2013, the Department of Architecture’s end of year exhibition of student work, opened on 13 June and will remain on display until 05 July 2013 (open daily between 9am and 9pm).