2017 marks a decade of New London Architecture commending emerging talent among architecture students at the Royal College of Art, via the Student Prizes for Architecture and Innovation.
2017 also marked a year of unrivalled political change, with London’s youth flexing their political muscles more than ever before. Dr Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture at the RCA, reflected on this last week at the NLA exhibition private view of the winning work.
He addressed a full gallery at NLA and explained how he has been inspired by the energisation of his students around the built environment and politics this year - ‘I haven’t seen this sense of renewed engagement in a generation of architecture students in a long time and this is one of the most exciting developments happening in architectural education.’
His winning students - Niels Werner Hersmann and Danae Haratsis for the NLA/RCA Student Prize for Architecture and Andrés Souto Vilarós for The Built Environment Trust Prize for Innovation – were praised for creating research projects which demonstrated high levels of conceptual thinking and practical materialisation.
A fantastic turn out of students, lecturers and those working within the built environment industry not only highlighted the quality of the students’ work, but also the university’s commitment to providing career opportunities for their students. Catherine Staniland, Director of NLA, and Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive of The Built Environment Trust, both echoed the importance of connecting the best design students with professionals.
Colin said universities were ‘the creative powerhouses of our future’ and stressed that we must celebrate what is being achieved in them.
The provocative work at this free exhibition tackles pressing issues such as housing, affordability, loss of industrial land and architecture outside the boundaries of culture, via 3D models, media installations and intricate drawings and is on display in the NLA galleries until 27 September.
By Merry Arnold