The Architecture Awards and alumni evening saw 38 students awarded over £13,000 worth of prizes on Friday 17 June.

The Department of Architecture hosted the reception which celebrates the achievements of 38 of its outstanding students. Thanks to a number of supporters and donors, including alumni, students were awarded prizes worth over £13,000 as part of the department’s end of year exhibition, OPEN 2016.

Guests had the opportunity to explore the newly refurbished design studios filled with works and models created by both undergraduate and postgraduate Architecture students, in the company of students, alumni and supporters of the University.

This year a new award, The James Phillips Architectural Travel Prize, was presented to Master of Architecture student Zihini Poh. The unique prize, which offers one student every academic year the opportunity to travel abroad taking photographs of inspiring architecture was enabled by The James Phillips Foundation.

The Foundation was set up in memory of James Phillips, an architect about to embark on his final year of professional studies at the University of Westminster, but who unfortunately passed away the day before he was due to start.

Graham Phillips, Trustee of the Foundation and James’ father, commented that: “The James Phillips Foundation is honoured that such a prestigious School of Architecture has facilitated this prize for young architects passionate about travel and photography.”

On behalf of his family, Bilal Rawat presented prizes to the three winning students for the best design project from the Master of Architecture course. The Shoaib Mahmad Rawat Award was set up in memory of Shoaib with generous support from the Rawat family who have recently renewed their support towards the fund.

We were also delighted to welcome Linzi Cassels, Design Director from Perkins+Will, to judge and present the winners of the VOLA Prize for Interior Architecture. VOLA UK, long term partners of the University, have similarly renewed and increased their support of the award.

OPEN 2016, the Department of Architecture’s end of year exhibition of student work opened on 16 June and ran until 28 June.

Image: VOLA award-winner Linda Tentori with judge Linzi Cassels from Perkins+Will. 

Heather Ridal

Heather Ridal

Alumni Communications Officer at University of Westminster
Heather Ridal

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