Ravensbourne students excel in RIBA’s first Inclusion and Diversity Awards

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Article by: David Millett

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Ravensbourne BA (Hons) Architecture students have had an incredible year at the 2023 RIBA London Student Awards, with 10 students recognised – including six who have earned some of the first ever Inclusion and Diversity Awards.

The awards showcase the very best student work in London and are awarded by RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, an internationally revered professional body for architects.

Ravensbourne students have taken home one First Prize, one Second Prize, and six Inclusion and Diversity Awards. An additional two students received a commendation.

Inclusion and Diversity is a new category for the 2023 awards, which was created to recognise and champion students who have explored diversity, equity, and inclusion in their design projects and approaches.


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'The Heart of Slough' by Sumaia Abbas. "This project will reflect local culture and diversity and create a place for people to be proud of."

We are immensely proud of our students’ success in this area. Well done to Sumaia Abbas, Ediz Ali, Urmi Bari, Catalina Ganta, Afifa Hakim, and Matei Tolescu for winning Inclusion and Diversity Awards.

Congratulations also go to Viola Pica, who received First Prize; Hannah Turner, who won Second Prize; and Angelika Olejarka and Bewaji Oyesana, who both received commendation.


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Ediz Ali: "Ladywell Gardens is a residential scheme aimed to help lower-income families who are struggling with the cost of living during the current housing crisis."

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Architecture Programme Director Alberto Villanueva said: “Winning six awards in the category of Diversity and Inclusion is a testament to our commitment to fostering a creative and inclusive learning environment. This achievement showcases our students' exceptional talent and reflects our dedication to nurturing diverse perspectives in the built environment.

“We believe that a truly innovative and sustainable future in architecture is built on the foundation of diversity, and this recognition reinforces our university's role in shaping the next generation of architects and designers who are redefining the industry.”

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Viola Pica: "[This project] allows the community of Catford to be exposed to artistic themes that offer a new yet down-to-earth experience on another level of emotional sensitivity."