On Friday 22 January, the School of Architecture + Cities launched their virtual MORE 2020 exhibition to celebrate the exceptional projects of Master’s students at Westminster.

Event poster for the MORE 2020 virtual exhibition

This year, MORE 2020 went virtual as an exhibition that showcased the array of projects by Master’s students from the School of Architecture + Cities. The exhibition features work from students graduating from the Architecture MA, Interior Architecture MA, Architecture and Environmental Design MSc, Urban Design MA, International Planning and Sustainable Development MA and RIBA Part III courses. It is the first online edition of the School’s annual exhibition of work, following on from the hugely successful OPEN 2020 exhibition.

The launch event for the exhibition took place on Friday 22 January and began with a webinar and welcome address from Professor Harry Charrington, Head of the School of Architecture and Cities. In his address, Professor Charrington spoke about the context in which this year’s exhibition has been created and paid tribute to the tenacity of students in forging the online communities which have enabled this year’s show to be delivered online. 

Students from each of the participating courses shared their experience of creating their projects, which was followed by a presentation of student awards for outstanding achievement. Valeria Ricci from the Architecture MA course was selected as winner of the Jila Golzari Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Nevenka Krzelj from the Interior Architecture MA was awarded the RFK Architects: Award for the best thesis project, and Alessandro Cirillo from the Architecture and Environmental Design MSc won the Hilson Moran Award.

The webinar closed with an exclusive live musical performance from Lailac Taie. Following this, attendees were invited to continue to explore the exhibition on the MORE 2020 website.

Talking about the event, Professor Harry Charrington, Head of the School of Architecture + Cities, said: “The fact that MORE 2020 is happening at all is testament to the tenacity of our students and staff – and a determination to celebrate the work of our postgraduate school and our research.

“MORE 2020 taking place in 2021 seems an appropriate anomaly given the year we’ve had, which, while difficult, has been revelatory. We have jumped in our digital capabilities. We have suspended assumptions, habits, judgements. The challenge now is to hold on to the things we have learned about social worth and environmental value, and to understand that new ways of doing things are not only possible, but critical. MORE 2020 reflects the School’s commitment to this.” 

Nasser Golzari, Course Leader for the MA Architecture, said: “Given the constraints and the difficulties imposed on students and the teaching team by the pandemic, the event managed to break the isolation and celebrate the fantastic achievements of the students and their tutors. This was reflected in the quality of the work on display in the virtual exhibition and the students awards. The participants in the event reflected the global and collective spirit of the course.”

Talking about the exhibition, student Iman Keaik added: “Thank you for this amazing virtual exhibition - I really felt that my degree is completed now with a fabulous ending and an amazing exhibition.”

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