Sponsored Prizes for some fantastic projects in 2020.

This year’s sponsored prizes both inspired and intrigued the judges and received some high praise – here is what the judges and some of the students had to say when the awards were announced at the End of Year Show.

The STUDIO B.A.D + CHORA AWARD: First Prize was awarded to John Torres (BA Hons Interior Architecture) for The Hippodrome Cultural Hub – Making of the Circular City

The title of UK City of Culture 2029 goes to Brighton! The delivery of events will happen in an unprecedented manner within one space, ‘The Hippodrome’. And partly why the city has been chosen is due to Brightonians on-going focus on making a circular economy the new normal when dealing with rubbish. This approach will be used within the interior of the venue, centred around booth structures. Waste discarded throughout the 12-month celebration will be converted into waste building blocks, which can be used for a variety of purposes as a response to the waste crisis.

Judges Statement: A wonderful exploration through current challenges, reimagining cities with a response based on tackling climate change with direct influence from the circular economy, re-using the amazing Hippodrome building. This project tackles all of the many societal challenges we are facing in towns and cities, with a fantastic meanwhile approach, this has an opportunity to both raise cultural conversation but also educate a place like Brighton in the year of City of culture.

There are some quite wonderful drawings that seek to give glimpses of atmospheres that map a whole series of events over a set programme, in the life of this project. As a proposition, brief and set of outcomes, this project demonstrates a maturity and understanding of real world issues far beyond the expectations at this level, so John is to be congratulated.

Second Prize was awarded to Mashaal Baloch (BA Hons Interior Architecture) for ELYSIUM: The Future of Graveyards.

Mashaal’s third year project work is largely based on  the futuristic approach to graveyards set in the year of 2070.  With the growth in online platforms it is estimated that by the year 2070 50% of Facebook users will be deceased. Such trends across the technology industry combined with the challenges of the growing population and the lack of space will lead to a revolution in our current methods of remembering the dead, the graveyard. It is predicted that there will be a large shift towards “online graveyards”. The project looks to combine an online element which will be the norm in the future as well as keeping  physical elements through activities, designed for a personal connection whilst accounting for the anticipated challenges presented by the lack of space. In the research stage Mashaal considered environmental and  economical impacts of graveyards now and in the future.

Judges Statement: A fantastic journey into the world of celebrating life + death and the future use our digital opportunities. The question is posed ‘How is our presence in digital space changing the way we die’?

This project takes on the challenge of celebrating peoples lives in the digital world, by repurposing an existing former church building, with some quite wonderful components that respond to the defined program, weaving an atmospheric set of light touch floating elements. It’s a thought provoking and exciting prospect that the digital world is grasped as a means to create both virtual and physical architecture to deliver a future digital graveyard.


This prize supports the fabulous work of MArch and MA Interior Design at Brighton University. There is a special focus on sustainability and wellness with digital acceleration. They recognise that design can exert a great impact on humanity and health from the level of the individual. The judges felt the work this year had been impressively good, making it difficult for them to distinguish only two winning students.

Will and Partners M’Arch First Prize was awarded to Sasan Sahafi.  An Honourable Mention went to Nuria Garcia Vazquez for her exceptional drawing skills.

Will and Partners MAID Awards – First Prize went to Beth Starling, with an Honourable Mention to Adrian Petkov for his clever approach to the project.


First Prize was awarded to Sandip Gurung. (BA Hons Interior Architecture)

The Port Tower is a model for a new city concept with movement at its core. It is a vessel that brings together different people in a shared place, to build up experiences and share them back, therefore enriching and healing the cultural fabric of society, like a high street. The main principle for the tower is the idea of providing mechanisms & infrastructure for the gathering of people, technology and environmental resources. The spirit of this ‘gathering’ is the sharing of ideas, resources, materials, spaces and experiences. The more diverse the ‘movers’, the richer the gathering and with each contribution, the tower itself will evolve.

 Judges comments: We all thought it was a great idea to look at physical activity through the lens of VR, and how that might translate into real world architecture. It’s a fascinating take on the Inside Out approach, transporting the endless possibilities of the mind into a vast virtual world where anything is possible. We loved the array of arched columns and the strong graphical approach, and the link between the architectural arrangement and the maze of virtual reality.

Runner Up – Elizabeth Odunaike. (BA Hons Architecture)

Elizabeth looked at the future progression of the arts therapeutic centre, outside Catford Bridge station, designed for young people of ethnic minority (11 – 25 years old) to openly discuss mental health issues. Ravensbourne river, the heart of site, flows through the centre, reintroducing water as a therapeutic device.

Judges comments: All too often mental health is given a blanket one-size-fits-all approach and you are right to highlight that this kind of resource needs to be redefined and made more specific to the black experience. You have researched this carefully and brought this to light with precision. We enjoyed your investigation into materials, the idea of scribing thoughts into clay, and the consideration you have given to sensory experiences of water, steam and sky. An interesting look into the internal space of the mind and the external space architecture. Well done.

Highly Commended – Alexis Southey. (BA Hons Interior Architecture)

Due to the exponential increase of coastal erosion around the UK, ‘A Change of State’ was promoted as a creative solution. Situated on the West Pier remains, a workshop was designed for the purpose of making protective shelters out of wasted chalk that would normally be lost to cliff erosion. As the workshop is only temporary, the legacy would be to place these protective shelters along Brighton’s coastline for visitors in the future to enjoy. The output of this workshop was to highlight and celebrate the beauty of natural materials and to encourage harnessing them rather than allowing them to dissipate.

Judges comments: We loved your presentation. Fantastic visuals and great to see the iteration in the drawings, and the detailed research into materials. We were able to grasp the project instantly without having to try too hard. A skill that will no doubt serve you well in your future career as a successful architect. Great work!

Special Mention  – Robin Clements. (BA Hons Architecture)

‘Actuality’ and reality often take a smoke break while I design’ says Robin. “Typically, my work has been considered relatively contentious as seldom do I draw to any measured scale. I’d like to think it is a rather universal ‘human’ scale, through means of inhabitation.  This often translates into taking a moderately inflexible space and adopting a certain adaptability to the inhabitants; An ad hoc means to design. Although, I’ve been told that this means of work doesn’t exactly make me ‘marketable architect’ as it lacks certain conventions; perhaps being ‘marketable’ is overrated anyway

I aim for all my drawings to have a certain visceral tactility. The result of which is an ambulatory stroll through a (at times, seemingly rather chaotic but mindfully interrogated (also intuition based)) farrago of material and structural systems. Essentially, I design spaces I would happily inhabit.”

Judges comments: We thought the intensity of the sketches, collages and drawings were fantastic, but we just felt maybe you had more to give us on the final resolution of your project. Don’t lose sight of your artistic approach but don’t forget, you gotta bring the architecture! Very much look forward to the incredibly interesting things you will do in your future.


This was another prize for Alexis Southey (BA Hons Interior Architecture)

Judges Statement: The representation of her exploration and research into materials is exquisite, from the early stages through to the final presentation images. I loved the consistent study of how people will interact with and move through the various spaces and components. It conveys a real sense of what the space will be like to inhabit and captures the temporal phenomena of ‘being’ by the sea.