Alumna announced as finalist in British Council’s Alumni Awards

Monday, 22 February 2016

Mirian Vaccari Education UK Alumni Awards

An Oxford Brookes University alumna has been announced as a finalist in the British Council’s Education UK Alumni Awards 2016.

Mirian Sayuri Vaccari, who graduated in 2008, has been named in the Social Impact Award (Brazil) category which acknowledges the exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others. 

The Education Alumni Awards honour the outstanding achievements made by business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders across the globe who can demonstrate how their UK education has contributed to their success. 

Oxford Brookes University provided me with sustainable and climatic design principles, making me more aware of the social and environmental responsibilities not only in design, but also as an architect and a world citizen.

Mirian Sayuri Vaccari, Oxford Brookes University Alumna

Mirian studied a master’s in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building at Oxford Brookes and is now an expert in Sustainable Cardboard Building for social purposes. Her work was fundamental in the environmental assessment of cardboard as a building material. Working with award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who is known for his innovative work with cardboard, she volunteered in the design and construction of a cardboard school for earthquake victims in China and a communal bathroom for post-disaster relief in the Ribeira Valley in São Paulo. Mirian also runs her own practice working in architecture and interior design and she is currently developing a cardboard transitional shelter for slums in Brazil.

She said: “Oxford Brookes University provided me with sustainable and climatic design principles, making me more aware of the social and environmental responsibilities not only in design, but also as an architect and a world citizen. 

“I was really happy to be selected as a finalist for Social Impact for the British Council Education Alumni Awards 2016 and I hope to build a cardboard shelter soon and continue to improve the lives of others. 

“I would like to thank everyone at Brookes who has always supported my work and the Chevening British Scholarships for the financial support. Special thanks to Paola Sassi, Maita Kessler and Mary Hancock.”

Maita Kessler, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture at Oxford Brookes University said: “Mirian Vaccari is all you would ask from a student; creative, hard-working and participative. Congratulations and my very best wishes to Mirian!”

Finalists and winners will be celebrated at an award ceremony in each of the ten locations taking part in this year’s awards (Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the USA).

More information about studying Sustainable Building – Performance and Design at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Architecture webpages.