Architecture students awarded RIBA prizes for excellence

Tuesday, 31 July 2018


Three Architecture students have received prizes for excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The prizes were awarded by RIBA at Oxford Brookes University’s School of Architecture End of Year Show of students’ work.

First-year student Rhiannon Dallow received the RIBA Oxfordshire Branch Prize which is awarded to an undergraduate for overall excellence, while Masters student Sam Hayes was the winner of the RIBA South Prize which is awarded to a postgraduate student for overall excellence. Student Chris Fulton received the Leslie Jones Memorial Prize for the most progress in built construction.

Rhiannon’s idea, called Wrapped in Music, is for a new train station in Cowley which would also be a hub for the Young Women’s Music Project charity which helps musicians aged from 14 to 21 to grow in confidence.

Rhiannon-Dallow-RIBA-winner-800x450Rhiannon said: “When you enter the site, you are wrapped in the performances on the elevated platform which looks across the three stages. There are listening pods next to the stages and a private rehearsal space below the main stage.

“If you arrive by train, you are under a sound-reducing canopy – so you can choose to go on your way, or be tempted to go up the ramp to the rooftop listening garden.”

Rhiannon has just completed the first year of her three-year Part 1 course towards qualifying as an architect.

The judges were impressed with Sam’s idea to support a sustainable, affordable circular economy in Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries.

Sam explains: “Crops such as peanuts would be grown by local smallhold farmers, and bought by local factories to make ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF). The food is then delivered back to the communities to treat malnutrition.

“Waste products produced during the manufacturing process would be given back to the farmers as animal feed; and waste peanut shells would be separated and mixed with a bio-polymer to produce a composite building material. I developed a building system which uses this material, in conjunction with bundles of river reeds and compressed earth bricks, to build health and education centres. Local people would be taught to construct their own dwellings and communities.”

Sam obtained first class honours for his Part 1 (degree) course at Nottingham Trent University; and Distinction at Oxford Brookes’ School of Architecture for his Part 2 (Masters) course.

Chris’s project visualises a new hotel in Siena, known as the driest place in Tuscany. “Chronic water shortages in summer are exacerbated by a massive tourism-based economy and seasonal influx of people,” Chris explains.

Sam-Hayes-project-image-800x450The Cloud Hotel on a steep hill may not look like its medieval surroundings, but is friendly to the needs of its users and neighbours. The 100-room hotel also harvests moisture from fog; and would make best use of it by the detailed analysis and modelling of flows of water and flows of pedestrian traffic.

The prize judges said that Chris’ project “stood out as a well-crafted scheme which placed a large building onto a delicate site but which had a light footprint and airy feel. It was thoroughly thought-out and researched. The end design and lovely images created a nicely completed piece."

Chris has just completed the final year of the three-year Part 1 course towards qualifying as an architect.

The students received the prize from Mark Shipton, Chair of both RIBA South Region and RIBA Oxfordshire Branch.

Information about studying architecture at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Architecture webpages.