M’Arch student Angharad Webber has been awarded a prize for excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for her idea for Newhaven university where students learn about fishing industry
Angharad, 25, was the winner of the Diploma Prize at Brighton. The Prize, which celebrates the talent of architecture students at the University, is awarded by the RIBA South East Branch, representing nearly 800 architects across East and West Sussex. Angharad received her Prize from Paul Zara, Chair of RIBA Sussex Branch at the School of Architecture’s End of Year Show, of students’ work.
The judges were impressed with Angharad’s project, which was to design a university campus for the West Quay riverside strip in Newhaven to provide spaces for learning about, and development of, the range of products and technology which can be provided through the fishing industry. Angharad explains: ‘The aim of the proposal was to break down current barriers between fishing commerce in Newhaven and its local community.’ Her technical investigations included designing and testing an external tile cladding system, for which she built a press machine to manufacture the tile from different materials. The tile that was produced was an influence on the design of the proposed campus buildings.
Judge Paul Zara commented: ‘Angharad’s project was a little bit unusual, both with its brief for the educational element in Newhaven’s harbour, and the way that it linked the fishing community to the town. It was very thorough in its exploration from community to materiality. It felt as if she’d enjoyed it – and that’s an important part of what architecture’s about’.