Architecture students awarded RIBA prizes for excellence

Thursday, 03 August 2017

Oliver East project

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

The prizes were awarded by the RIBA’s Oxfordshire Branch at Oxford Brookes University’s School of Architecture End of Year Show.

Gabriel Adams won the Degree Prize, which is awarded to an undergraduate student for overall excellence while Masters student Parth Jivrajani was named the winner of the RIBA South Prize, awarded to postgraduate students for overall excellence. Oliver East received the Leslie Jones

We’re extremely proud of our students’ achievements and delighted that the RIBA recognises the excellence of Gabriel, Oliver and Parth’s outstanding work.

Matt Gaskin, Head of the School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

Memorial Prize which recognises the undergraduate student who shows the most progress in built construction. 

Matt Gaskin, Head of the School of Architecture said: “We’re extremely proud of our students’ achievements and delighted that the RIBA recognises the excellence of Gabriel, Oliver and Parth’s outstanding work.”

Judging the students’ work were Mark Shipton of Oxford Architects, Chair of RIBA South and of RIBA Oxfordshire Branch; and Dan Wadsworth of Jessop and Cook Architects.

Daniel Wadsworth, Gabriel Adams and Mark ShiptonGabriel took the prize for his project ‘Concrete Hamlet’ - a group of five concrete buildings: Grow, Forge, Carve, Feast and Ruminate. Judges were impressed with his idea which is for people who need to be separate from society but work collectively to cultivate mushrooms and carve the tools to harvest and eat them. At the end of the growing cycle, the participants dine together on their harvest and prepare to re-enter society.
Gabriel has just finished his first year the three-year Part 1 course towards qualifying as an architect. 

Oliver’s project involved creating a re-locatable workspace for a master craftsman. A visit to Castle Mill Stream, an ancient backwater of the Thames on the outskirts of Oxford inspired Oliver to design a pottery workshop which uses freshly-dredged clay. The imaginary client, ‘Janet’ would create custom-made teapots and engage passers-by to share stories over a brew; and sell the teapots at cultural festivals along the UK’s vast canal system. The workspace is made of lightweight aluminium frame clad with ceramic tiles, and uses various forms to create the different climatic conditions which are ideal for the stages of throwing pottery.

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

Parth impressed the judges with his project designed for Kumbharwada (potter’s colony), a location in the Dharavi slum area of Mumbai where redevelopment plans threaten the existing settlements.

Parth envisaged a folding, adaptable potter’s colony, inspired by the pattern and the folding nature of the hornbeam leaf. The structure is made from bamboo and other local materials while permanent spaces are made using compressed earth bricks.

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

Pictures: Oliver East's project (top), Dan Wadsworth, Gabriel Adams and Mark Shipton (middle) and Parth Jivrajani's project (bottom).
Parth Jivranjan project