Architecture students win RIBA prizes for excellence

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Andrew Chard project

Two Oxford Brookes undergraduate students have won prizes for excellence from the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Andrew Chard, who has just completed his third year studying at Oxford Brookes’ School of Architecture, was one of the winners of the Leslie Jones Memorial Prize which is awarded to BA students for the most progress in built construction.

The judges were impressed with Andrew’s ideas and designs for Piraeus, the port of Athens. Many people arrived in Piraeus, but currently few stop and visit. Andrew’s proposal is to have former ships reconstructed there, for the public to see the shipbuilding processes. The completed ships would then sail around the surrounding islands and the other ports of Athens, to promote tourism in Piraeus. 

This is the second RIBA Prize Andrew has won: in 2013 he was awarded the RIBA Oxfordshire Prize – won this year by Fraser Ingram.

Fraser Ingram's young carers project drawings

Fraser, who has now completed his first year of the BA Architecture course, was awarded the RIBA Oxfordshire Branch Prize. The Branch represents over 600 architects across Oxfordshire and awarded the prize to first year undergraduate students for the best portfolio.

Fraser impressed the judges with his project to design a public library and educational space for young carers, integrated with emergency housing. Judges were particularly captivated with a collection of hand-drawn technical section cuts.

He created an environment for children to escape into the world of books and used various shapes, lighting and textures to ensure that each has a place where they feel particularly comfortable. Fraser said: “The building is designed to remove hierarchy and boundaries, through using curtains or materials to define area. So people are free to enter and to leave when and where they like.”

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

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