A team of third year Architecture BA Honours students from the University of Westminster entered the American Institute of Architects (AIA) one-day design competition, and won.

The AIA UK Student Design Charrette 2014
took place on 8 November at the Roca Gallery, and the jury was chaired by Edna
Lüddecke of JDS Architects. In the one-day design competition, students in
groups of six to eight were given a brief and mentored by a practicing
architect or interior designer.

The University of Westminster's winning
team consisted of Ekaterina Dziadkowski, Fiona Thompson, Marcus Thompson-Smith,
Nouha Hansen, Rickesh Chandi, Sarah Abuzeid, Yagmur Karaca, Yasmin Lokat
and Shanice Tang-Wah. The students proposed a fun and whimsical water maze as a
reinterpretation of natural swimming in an urban environment, and a challenge
to the formal character of the new developments around the site in Chelsea
Harbour.

"We agreed to go with an idea that was a
simple solution yet a memorable design. It was an amazing experience to work in
a team under pressure – it really made us focus on the core elements of the
brief"
said the Westminster team.

The American
Institute of Architects
represents more than 80,000 members worldwide, and is
the most influential voice for the architectural community in the United
States.

2014 AIA UK Student Charrette winners

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