Architecture graduate wins prestigious RIBA Serjeant Award

Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Lost Dockyard Andrew Chard

An Oxford Brookes graduate received a prestigious award at the Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) 2015 President’s Medals Student Awards last week.

Andrew Chard, who studied on the BA Honours in Architecture in the School of Architecture at the University, was awarded the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing for his work ‘The Lost Dockyard’.

Andrew scooped the prize for his designs (pictured) for Piraeus, the port of Athens. Andrew’s proposal is to have former ships reconstructed in the port for the public to see the shipbuilding processes. The completed ships would then sail around the surrounding islands and promote tourism in Piraeus. 

This is the third RIBA prize Andrew has won: in 2013 he was awarded the RIBA Oxfordshire Prize and earlier this year won the Leslie Jones Memorial Prize for the same piece of work. 

Matt Gaskin, Head of the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University said: “The rigour and beauty of Andrew’s drawings capture both the history and aspirations of the project. We are delighted that the RIBA recognises the excellence in his outstanding work, which is also testament to the high quality teaching in the School.”

The Lost Dockyard drawings by Andrew Chard

The RIBA President’s Medals are widely regarded as the most prestigious international awards in architectural education. Every year the RIBA invites international architects, academics, designers and artists to join the judging panel. As well as the Bronze, Silver and Dissertation Medals and a number of additional awards, the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing is awarded in memory of the late architect and Royal Academy surveyor Denis Serjeant who in 1981 was one of the founding members of the RIBA Student Prizes Group. 

Andrew was presented with his award at a ceremony at the RIBA headquarters in central London by RIBA President Jane Duncan and RIBA Vice-President of Education Alan Jones. The BA (Hons) Architecture graduate now works for Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio. His winning drawings can be viewed on the RIBA President's Medals Student Awards website.

Andrew Chard exhibition model

RIBA President Jane Duncan said: “Congratulations to our deserving medal winners who have fought-off tough competition from around the world and truly excelled with their innovative, challenging and thought-provoking projects. 

“It’s an honour to present these awards to the future trailblazers and current innovators of the architecture profession.”

More information about the BA Architecture course can be found on the School of Architecture webpages.