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Architecture Diploma Graduate awarded Commendation in RIBA President's Medals Student Awards 2010

1st December 2010


George Wilson accepts his commendation at the 2010 RIBA President's Medals student awards ceremony

Recent Oxford Brookes University DipArch Graduate George Wilson has been awarded a Commendation in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President's Medals Student Awards Dissertation Prize 2010 for his final year thesis, titled Mourning the People's Princess: Public Grief and the Consecration of Space.

Mourning the People's Princess: Public Grief and the Consecration of Space is a probing study of the way in which the British public mourned the death of Diana, The Princess of Wales. By focusing in a non-judgemental way on this iconic public figure, the study reveals how groups, which are not architect led, collaborate to overcome their sadness of loss.

Mixing personal accounts, testimonials and scholarly scrutiny of research in the field, the study plots and critically analyses a range of spontaneous memorials created to pay tribute to Diana. It argues that these memorials are a crucial way in which people grieve and that their value is important for architects to understand.

George's thesis was fashioned for the Major Study Module: an independent research dissertation or design project, where students have the opportunity to explore in detail a topic of their choice as part of the Diploma in Architecture. The thesis was supervised by Dr Igea Troiani.

George's thesis was chosen to represent the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and was competing against submissions by 37 other leading schools of architecture. As a winner, George was invited to accept his award at a ceremony held before a 400 strong audience on the 1st December 2010 at the RIBA premises, hosted by RIBA President Ruth Reed. Since the ceremony, winners have been publicised in the RIBA Journal, the Architects' Journal and Building Design Magazine.

See details of more RIBA Award Winners at Oxford Brookes University.