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RIBA Presidents Medals \

Set up in 1836, the RIBA Presidents Medals are the institute's longest-running, most prestigious awards. They aim to reward talent, promote innovation, and encourage excellence in the study of architecture worldwide.

We are very proud this year to have had seven RIBA bronze medal nominees join us from a wide range of schools of architecture, the nominees being considered the students with the best thesis project within the final year of the degree in Architecture. At Hawkins\Brown we have always sough graduates that both share the ethos and culture of the practice and in doing so we create an environment to enable them to develop their interests within a professional context and setting. Represented and explained through artwork, they share their ideas and thoughts.

House of Memories, Ayesha Kaur

Ayesha's 'House of Memories' becomes a defined gathering hub, incubating the memories and stories of its local people in inner suburbia Birmingham. The narrative of the scheme formed around observation of the social and cultural context, interaction with residents and particularly a local resident ‘John’ who becomes the founder of the park.

John’s obsession to preserve local history, stories and memories becomes a necessity for the town and its people to be remembered, as development may abolish existence. The scheme instills the notion of fun and playfulness, creating curiosity and exploration as one would feel reading someone’s mind and looking at all their valued treasures.

Anarchist Free School, Jake Stephenson

Jake's 'Anarchist Free School' explores how education can be pursued through an ideology that suggests an education should allow and permit more freedom in their student’s choice can be achieved by discerning different learning styles. These cognitive learning styles are interpreted into physical form and spatial experience. This contributes to the students developing their own passions through an individual learning experience, enabling and encouraging community cohesion in Hulme, Manchester.

“Anarchy is about freedom and expression. By this definition, the creative process is anarchic.”

Jake Stephenson Architectural Assistant, Hawkins\Brown

Columbarium of Salford, Laura Keay

Laura's project looks at how Salford, a city once dominated by factories during the 1840’s, deteriorated to become the sporadic collection of buildings it is today, as industry collapsed due to global economic change. These factories once acted as central nodes in Salford, a vacant role envisioned being played by a Columbarium of architectural artefacts: a ‘library’ of deceased buildings, both physical and visual, encoding the heritage of the city. The artefacts inhabit the skin of the building through a series of niches, combined with an extensive archive of drawings; residents are able to identify with their city’s past.

Saltaire Registry Office, Rachel Glenn

Rachel's project explores what could happen if we were to begin to emphatically treasure everyday items and records of ordinary people. The proposed archive and associated registry office collects objects and records of people who live in towns and villages along the Leeds - Liverpool canal. Its architecture bestows value upon collections of previously overlooked ‘everyday’ objects while being in itself a collection of disparate units, among a formal garden. The project doesn’t look to propose a ‘better’ attitude to memories and keepsakes but instead questions our existing attitudes towards commemoration.

Nuclear NOW!, Samiur Rahman​

Speculating on the controversial idea that nuclear power is the way forward for our energy needs, Samiur's project ‘Nuclear NOW!’ embraces this and proposes a new micro-generating nuclear power station in Greenwich Park. Recognising its contentious nature, the developer, Hitachi, creates a Japanese themed festival within the power station which will utilise the by-products from the power generating process to grow tea, farm fish for sushi and produce exotic fruit as a way to promote nuclear power.

Burr Bank Bathing Machine, Thomas Hudson-Davies

Tom's design of the bath house takes inspiration from Scarborough’s historic relationship with water. The cavernous, subterranean spa references the town’s initial uses of water for its medicinal purposes with the mineral spa. Above, the bright public space and lido acknowledges the more leisurely connection to water that came later as the town developed into a popular seaside resort. The project aims to help redefine the faded identity of Scarborough.

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