Two graduates from the Master of Architecture (MArch)(RIBA Pt II) programme at the University of Westminster, Laura Nica and Irina Ghiuzan, were selected to exhibit their designs for a year at BuroHappold’s office at 17 Newman Street, as part of the firm’s drive to identify and support Emerging Architecture. The projects were shortlisted based on design quality, response to the WELL building standard, lighting strategy and the budget.
Speaking about the process of preparation, alumna Laura Nica said: “Arthur and Toby were fantastic mentors who showed us how to cost projects fairly and how to sell an idea to a client as any entrepreneur would do in the real world, as well as helping us link our digital experiments tested during University with the physical and fabrication rationale.
“I am very happy to be able to collaborate and work with BuroHappold. Having my installation displayed in their office represents a great achievement, which makes me even more motivated as a future professional in the building industry.”
Laura’s design, Wooden Rhythms, is a rigid curved installation that is made of horizontal wooden layers. The module, inspired from the Scherk’s minimal surface system represents a calming installation for the interior office space. The piece aspires to mimic the ‘cycles’ of our life – the spirit, the consciousness and the action, resonating with the harmony of the circadian rhythms.