• Ollie Riviere, Institute of Concrete Poetry, Section
  • Oliver Riviere, Cumberland Terrace Mews
  • Oliver Riviere, Institute of Concrete Poetry
  • Oliver Riviere, Institute of Concrete Poetry
  • Oliver Riviere, Institute of Concrete Poetry

Oliver Riviere wins RIBA Serjeant Award for Drawing

A design project by Architecture BA(Hons) graduate Oliver Riviere, has won the prestigious RIBA Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing at Part 1, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as part of the 2014 President’s Medals Student Awards.

The winning entry is for Oliver’s ‘The Institute of Concrete Poetry’ design which utilises land at the end of John Nash’s Georgian terrace on the northern side of Regent’s Park, London. Oliver collected his prize from RIBA President Stephen Hodder at the President’s Medals ceremony, on 3 December.

Lecturer Ben Sweeting, who co-tutored Ollie’s project in Studio 01 with Alex Arestis of Publica, said: “It has been a joy to watch Oliver’s work develop over the year. His superbly detailed early study of the Nash terraces and experimental modelling of transition spaces led him to a rich method of working through a distinct series of drawings and models, each exploring the possibilities of the last, often reinterpreting them through the ambiguities in each projection or convention.

“By working through translations in this way, Ollie embodied his architectural interests (transitions, sequences, thresholds) in his method, allowing him to pursue his ideas in the spatial qualities of his drawings and models themselves, something which is a key feature of our approach across the course as a whole.”

Together with graduate Kirstie McMullan’s recent success in the RIBA Eye Line competition and Holly Crosbie’s shortlisting for the Bronze Medal in 2012, this means Brighton’s Architecture BA(Hons) has received major recognition in each of the last three years.

John-Paul Nunes, Head of RIBA’s Education Projects, congratulated Oliver on his award: “This makes his design project one of the best out of all the entries we received this year after our call for nominations to 317 universities in 61 countries.”

The awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious in international architectural education. RIBA created a Bronze Medal to reward the design work produced by a student at Part 1, normally, the first three of five years of the professional qualification in architecture. Each year, students from hundreds of schools of architecture all over the world aspire to be selected by their school to enter for the medals, and for the opportunity for their work to be recognised and publicly exhibited.
An exhibition of winning work and of a selection of entries submitted will be exhibited at the RIBA HQ in London’s Portland Place for two months before touring throughout the UK and internationally.