16 November 2011

Visions of the future: three Oxford Brookes architecture students receive prizes from the RIBA

Last night (15 November 2011) three students at Oxford Brookes University’s School of Architecture were among the architects and students who received awards and prizes at the Royal Institute of British Architects South/South East Awards Presentation 2011.

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The three were presented with their prizes by Harry Rich, RIBA Chief Executive at a ceremony held at RIBA headquarters in Portland Place, London.

The prizewinning students all designed projects for Oxford. They were:

Paul Avery received the Leslie Jones Memorial Prize, awarded every year for the most progress in Building Construction at the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes. Paul’s project which attracted the judges’ attention was the design of a building combining a winery with gym and spa facilities for rowers next to the Thames at Oxford. The proposed building would manufacture wine, with the ‘must’ (a byproduct of the winemaking process) used in spa treatments for the rowers, then passed into an anaerobic digester to produce fertiliser for next year’s grapes in the local vineyard.

Molly de Courcy Wheeler received the Oxford Prize, awarded every year for the most progress in the first year of the architecture degree course at at Oxford Brookes. Molly’s project was an investigation of the concept of ‘Flaneur’ – a French word which translates roughly as ‘stroller’. She designed a series of four spaces, loosely inspired by the seasons that would draw a stroller upOxford’s Headington Hill, from the city into a park.

Richard Phillips received the RIBA South Prize, awarded every year for the highest standard of overall excellence in the Diploma course in architecture at Oxford Brookes. Richard’s project was a study of how Britain’s economic fortunes have affected the housing market; and how new measures can be introduced to increase the amount of production and consumption in city centres. He looked at whether a combination of ‘angel’ investment and philanthropy by a large organisation could lead to a long-term profitable business in providing affordable housing. He proposes a nationwide business model which would allow architects to locate potential development sites in their local area and approach the large organisation to fund the design and construction.