The Architects for Health Student Design Award is an annual design competition for students, which marked its 10th year. The aim of the competition is to encourage the next generation of young architects to remain passionate about the quality of design for health and social care settings.
Westminster alumna Pamela Jankowska was recognised in two categories of the competition and received the London Design Award and Best Drawing Award for her project Chmura (Cloud in Polish), the main idea of which is to provide a distraction for children from their everyday hospital routine as patients.
Chmura would be located on the roof of the Southwood Building, a part of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, where the proposal is to extend part of the Southwood Building for stair and lift access to a cloud-resembling structure, Chmura, which would excite young patients as they are going to be playing up in a ‘cloud’.
Talking about her project, Pamela said: “Despite their illness or disability being long or short term, children miss out on everyday life – in particular physical activities and interaction with others that they would have on daily basis at home and school. Chmura allows children of all ages to participate in high and low active activities, for the purpose of distraction, to either have fun or simply relax.”
Pamela was interested in working on a health and care related project from the beginning and considered a hospital the best choice for a location. However, it was a presentation about the construction development at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which Pamela and her peers attended as part of their course, that helped her choose the location for her project.
The idea of designing a play space for children to forget about their worries and enjoy fun and interaction with other children is what has kept Pamela inspired throughout the entire application and work process, which consisted of layout submission and presentation of the project in front of a jury at the Awards night.
Speaking of her awards, Pamela said: “I am absolutely ecstatic about those awards because being recognised by professionals, architects and designers, people from health and care, showed me that I am, in fact, good at what I do.
“Having those really made me believe in myself as well as my work and certainly reassured me to continue in the path of Interior Architecture. This would not have happened if it was not for my amazing tutor, Julia Dwyer, who was the one to convince me to participate in the competition.”
Christina Matay’s project, which received a High Commendation in the London Design category of the Architects for Health competition, was aimed at making lives of people living with paralysis easier by creating ‘healing spaces’ for them.