Master’s graduate takes joint-first prize for architecture designs

Monday, 16 January 2017

Cristiano Lamarque

An Oxford Brookes University graduate has been named a winner of a significant architecture award by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

The Philip Webb Awards encourage and celebrate the reuse of historical buildings and provides a unique opportunity for architecture students and recent graduates to demonstrate their understanding of repair techniques and design flair.

This year, joint first prizes of £750 were awarded to Oxford Brookes Master’s graduate Cristiano Lamarque and Cambridge University graduate Bethan Watson. 

To have my work recognised and receive the merit of a first prize is an incredible honour. I see this as an opportunity to continue to refine my skills and knowledge in this exciting and challenging area of the design practice.

Cristiano Lamarque,Architecture graduate

Cristiano’s submission focused on the conversion of the former Convent of Sao Bento de Castris at Evora in Portugal, into a centre caring for Alzheimer’s patients. He said: “Historic environments are infused with memory and a rich tapestry of historic layers, people and experiences. I feel that working with the inherited built environment is an essential part of the architectural practice and sustainable development. 

“I was invited by the School of Architecture to submit my proposal to adaptive reuse a historic monastic building in Evora, Portugal - which was part of my RIBA Part II studies. The design developed through an understanding of the many layers and various functions of the building, creating a threshold between the old and new – incorporating its inherited modesty. 

“To have my work recognised and receive the merit of a first prize is an incredible honour. I see this as an opportunity to continue to refine my skills and knowledge in this exciting and challenging area of the design practice.”   

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

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