Master of Architecture (MArch) student Marie Price and Doctoral Researcher Isis Paola Nunez Ferrera from the University of Westminster were awarded in the RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards.

Marie Price was awarded the RIBA Dissertation Medal for her MArch Dissertation entitled ‘The Overlooked Back Garden: Voyeurism In the English Back Garden’. Price’s work presents a historical enquiry into garden voyeurism through a narrative of different scales of analysis, focusing on the contradictory behaviours of strangers, neighbours, and household members. Her project investigates the architectural history of voyeurism in both private and overlooked spaces. The dissertation highlights the conflict between privacy and curiosity in the overlooked back gardens of English terraced housing. 

She was supervised by Professor Harry Charrington, Head of the University’s Department of Architecture, who said, “Marie was an outstanding student whom I was privileged to tutor; and the Medal is another tribute to the outstanding MArch Dissertation programme led by Dr John Bold.”

Isis Paola Nunez Ferrera was commended in the Outstanding PhD Thesis category for her work on ‘Territories of Scarcity and Creativity: A Critical view on Informal Settlements and Emerging Tactics under Conditions of Scarcity in Nairobi, Kenya and Quito Ecuador’. She was supervised by University of Westminster Senior Lecturer Jon Goodbun and architect Professor Jeremy Till.

Ferrera’s research project explores the relationship between scarcity and creativity in the context of the built environment by investigating how conditions of scarcity might affect the creativity of the different actors involved in the production of architecture and urban design. The project also looked at how a design-led innovation of the process could improve the built environment in the future.

The University of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is one of the leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment inspiring more than 2,000 students at its teaching base at the Marylebone campus in central London.

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