2021 AJ Student Award judges announced



The AJ Student Prize 2021 is judged by Harriet harriss, Dean of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York, Edmund fowles by Feilden Fowles and his colleague AJ 40 under 40 Ramsey yassa by NOOMA Studio.

They are joined by Rachel Hoolahan, sustainability coordinator at Orms and recent recipient of the AJ100 Sustainability Champion award. The jury is chaired by AJ technical writer Frances Williams.

Now in its fourth year, the free annual competition, supported by Marley, is aimed specifically at UK architecture schools and is open to all students of ARB and RIBA accredited architecture courses. Schools were invited to submit a final year project of two students – one at the undergraduate level and one at the postgraduate level. An additional undergraduate or postgraduate student was also presented for the Sustainability Award.

All applications received from each school as well as the sustainability shortlist were published in the annual student issue of the AJ in July.

This year the enrollment rate was 100%, with each RIBA and ARB accredited school having entered student work in at least one of three categories – 57 schools enrolled 98 of their first year students. cycle and postgraduate in total. For the Sustainability Award, there was also a record number of nominations, with 41 schools submitted.

Judges will choose three winners, one from each of the three categories, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 9 at Pearson Lloyd’s Retrofit of the Year studios in Hackney.

About the judges

Harriet harriss is an architect, writer and historian, and dean of the Pratt School of Architecture in Brooklyn, New York. She led the Research Program in Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London until 2015 and the Masters program at Oxford Brookes from 2009 to 2015. Her scholarship is primarily concerned with the teaching of architecture and addresses themes such as feminism ; equity decolonization, diversity and inclusion; civic engagement; the climate crisis and queer ecologies. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2003, she founded Design Heroine Architects, a participatory design firm. His books include Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education & the British Tradition (2015), A Gendered Profession (2016) and Architects After Architecture (2020).

Edmund fowles is co-founder of Feilden Fowles. He studied at the University of Cambridge and the Architectural Association. He has completed a range of award-winning projects, from Feilden Fowles’ own studio in Waterloo to Charlie Bigham’s food production campus in Somerset. He is currently leading a number of prestigious educational projects, including the new dining hall at Homerton College Cambridge and new accommodation facilities for graduates of Green Templeton College, Oxford. He has taught and lectured extensively, including at RIBA, University of Cambridge, Architectural Association and London Metropolitan University,

Ramsey yassa is an architect from North London. He was born to Egyptian parents after emigrating to the UK in the 1970s. His mother is an author of children’s books and his father is a restaurateur. Yassa’s unique upbringing in downtown London is reflected in her exploration of play and storytelling through design. Yassa founded NOOMA Studio in 2019, an interdisciplinary design studio based on the principles of community and human-centered design. Studio NOOMA was named in the RIBA Journal’s Rising Stars for “Innovation in Collaborative Practice” and in the Architects Journal’s 40 Under 40 list as “one of the brightest and most successful architects. promising “in 2020.

Rachel Hoolahan is an architect and sustainability coordinator at Orms Architects with extensive experience working with existing buildings. A graduate of University College Dublin, Orms, she recently led research on material passports as part of Grosvenor Estate’s larger innovation project focusing on material reuse. She leads the firm’s Design for Circularity working group, which is currently producing a framework template for a deconstruction plan as one of three working groups performing analysis for the Circular Economy Live Project Forum. . In 2021, Hoolahan received the AJ100 Sustainability Champion award, with judges citing that “she has gone beyond her role as sustainability manager within a practice to tackle this crucial subject of renovation “.

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