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 Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment’s Graduate Evening, 17 June 2014.

The winning students, Ankita Thakur, Ishita Bhatnagar, Gunmeet Singh and Sowmya Singh, from Chandigarh College of Architecture, India, visited Westminster from 16–20 June. Their winning work was displayed at the Architecture and Interiors end of year exhibition: OPEN 2014.

The theme of the 2013–14 competition was ‘Latitudes – design for sustainable neighbourhoods’. It sought to encourage innovative and creative solutions to local issues of sustainable development. The competition has started a dialogue with architecture students in India to elaborate their role in dealing with climate responsive design in building sustainable neighbourhoods. Entries to the competition were received from students of architecture all over India.

“Starting from the enrollment, to the conception, the execution and finally winning 'Latitudes' and to get the opportunity to have a summer workshop with the University in London, it's been an overwhelming experience for all of us” says winner Gunmeet Singh. “The competition gave us a chance to explore the dimension of sustainability integrated with our design studio and then share our ideas with the equally competitive teams at NASA, Hyderabad.

“Our trip to London gave us a chance to have thoughtful dialogue with the experienced Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, having guided walking tours with them to have an insight into the architectural and planning aspects of the city of London making it an unforgettable experience altogether. This trip shall always be etched in my memory as it has helped me grow as a student of architecture and has equipped me better to explore the diverse perspectives of the profession.”

Winner Sowmya Singh comments: “While the competition made us grow academically, the trip to the University exposed us to the scope of this field and the role of architects in building the future. And of course, both the competition and the trip were a lot of fun!”

Competition winners

College: Chandigarh College of Architecture
Students: Ankita Thakur, Gunmeet Singh Grewal, Ishita Bhatnagar, Sowmya Singh


College: Jamia Milllia Islamia, New Delhi
Students: Aditi Verma, Bhrigu Chandra Kalia


College: School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
Students: Devvrat Chowdhary, Noel Woodward, Siddharth, AAyush Jindal


College: National Institute of Technology Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Students: Harikrishnan.K.M, A V Venugopal, Sruthy P, Vineeth A C


College: Faculty of Architecture, G.B.T.U, Lucknow
Students: Tanveer Alam, Nandini Shandilya, Rhicha Shukla, Pavnesh Kumar


College: Adhiyamaan College of Engineering
Students: Arumugham Kalyanasundaram, Jose Sibi, Suresh Pandiyan

The competition was initiated and organised by staff from the University of Westminster’s Department of Planning and Transport: Ripin Kalra, Tony Lloyd Jones and Darshana Chauhan.

International Design Competition Winners with Tim Edmundson, Head of Department of Planning and Transport, and Ripin Kalra, Senior Research Fellow. Photo © Joanne O'Brien.

One of the displays from the winning entry, from Chandigarh College of Architecture. Photo © Joanne O'Brien.

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