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22 Nov 2017

Ravensbourne students recognised at the RIBA London Regional Awards

Ravensbourne BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures students were recently recognised for their work at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) London Regional Awards.

Students from selected London schools of architecture were invited to present recent project work at the London Regional Awards held at RIBA’s offices in Portland Place.

Laura Koriakinaite and Jay Jordan won, based on the work they exhibited at the Ravensbourne Degree Show, while Ioannis Vasileiou and Adriaan Baldwin were recognised as ‘highly commended’. There were also special mentions given for Smirnova Ekaterina & Erdi Bal. The projects were judged by RIBA’s South East London Architects Group (SELA). The panel included Elaine Toogood, Chair of the SELA Group, Kerry Branford, Associate at TM Architects and Darren Stacey, Registered Architect and Ravensbourne lecturer. Prize money was donated by Darren Stacey Architects, and a book by Knox Bhavan Architects.

Laura gained the award for her work on the redesign of a vacant piano factory in Camden for ROLI; a design-led music technology company. Her plan utilises architecture both past and present; incorporating the history and original design of the piano factory with translucent space division methods inspired by ROLI’s design aesthetic. The plan also incorporates a residential space for ROLI staff, responding to the burgeoning issue of affordable housing in London.

Jay Jordan was recognised for his ‘197 Farm Road’ project, which is designed to celebrate and empower the marginalised post-industrial communities of east London’s docklands.

Commenting, Laura said: “I’m thrilled to have received this award. RIBA are an organisation which architects across the globe look up to, so it’s humbling to have my work recognised by them in this way. Having graduated this year, I want to thank my tutors for their commitment to helping me achieve my best.”

Elaine added: “It was wonderful to bring so many talented individuals together in one place at the RIBA London Regional Awards. It was a real pleasure to hear students talk so passionately about the designs they have been working on over the past year.”

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