Recent graduate of Westminster’s Master of Architecture (MArch) RIBA/ARB Part II course, Harriet Partridge, has been commended in the Architects’ Journal AJ Writing Prize 2013.

Harriet’s essay titled ‘Burgh island hotel: plenty to know’ looks at Burgh Island Hotel, situated on a tidal island off the Devon coast.

The AJ Writing Prize 2013 asked for a maximum 1,000-word essay on any topic relevant to architecture, which could be historical or contemporary. The piece could look at an individual building or buildings, or a subject pertinent to the practice, theory or business of architecture.

Judges included architecture critic and RIBA gold medal winner Joseph Rykwert, AJ editor Christine Murray, architecture and design critic of The Financial Times Edwin Heathcote, and Alan Berman of Writing Prize sponsor Berman Guedes Stretton.

Harriet studied both her Architecture BA Honours and Master of Architecture (MArch) RIBA/ARB Part II at Westminster. She is now working at an architectural practice, Flower Michelin Ltd, based in Central London.

“I decided to enter the AJ Writing Prize because I wanted to keep up my writing after leaving University” says Harriet. “Being commended has encouraged me to keep writing as much as possible.”

Harriet reflects on her time studying architecture: “Westminster is well located with lots of opportunity to visit galleries, go to talks etc, to help complement the University programme. I met a great variety of people while studying and learnt a lot from the tutors, many of whom work in architectural practice alongside teaching.”

Read Harriet’s commended article in full.

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