SoAD Prize Nominations: It’s that time of year again.

It is that time of year again when both the School of Architecture and Design and Industry award a range of prizes to our hard-working students. After such a challenging year we are particularly looking forward to celebrating some of the truly amazing work that students have produced across the whole school. Here are the categories.

JOHN ANDREWS DRAWING PRIZE: This prize will be awarded for drawings, which demonstrate a process of exploration, discovery and communication. The prize is open to all students across the School of Architecture and Design. One prize for UG and one for PG students

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN PRACTICES REG PRIZE 2021: The theme for this year is MOVEMENT. The prize will be for work which has explored movement, change and flux. Students in all courses and levels are invited to submit their explorations on the subject of movement for the Experimental Design Practices Prize 2021

WASTE HOUSE AWARD FOR CIRCULAR DESIGN: Open to any graduating students across any of our courses who have a project that addresses the Climate & Ecological Emergency head-on. The mission of the prize is to raise awareness amongst students and staff of the importance of and to add value to the understanding and challenges presented to design industries by the ambitions of a truly ‘circular economy’. This prize is open to any student graduating within the School of Architecture & Design whose work considers the circular economy as all or part of the project. For inclusion pieces of work must be nominated by tutors from across the school.

The criteria for judging the prize is that the design proposition from initial inception attempts to fold in issues of the circular economy including “designing for re-manufacture”. A panel consisting of the prize founder, Duncan Baker-Brown, plus three colleagues will judge each nominated piece of work and determine a prize winner through deliberation as well as the runners up and any projects to be highly commended.


MAKE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE: A prize given by Make Architects to a final year Master of Architecture student in recognition of their consistent excellence throughout the masters programme.

Final year Master of Architecture (MArch) who have achieved the highest results in each studio will be automatically included in the nomination.  In addition, tutors nominate one further student from each studio who they feel has completed work over the course that fits the criteria of the prize.

WILL AND PARTNERS PRIZE: This award is for final year postgraduate students in Masters of Architecture and MA Interior Design, one prize each, who have developed their design skills and explored innovative ways of designing. The prizes are intended to reward students who are aware that the architectural environment can affect human behaviour and wellbeing and who have demonstrated that understanding through their research and design portfolio.


One Post-Graduate M’Arch Prize

AJ Prize M’Arch Nomination



Outstanding Design Award

Ambitious Project Award: where a student has clearly shown that they took risks either with the subject, technical aspects or scope/scale of the work and the results are to be celebrated/commended

Four Studentship Awards – students who have shown real commitment to their studies, displaying dedication and determination throughout the year.

THE JAMES LATHAM PRIZE FOR INNOVATIVE TIMBER ENGINEERING. James Latham Timber. The award is for innovative use of timber within a student design project at undergraduate level.

FEIX AND MERLIN ARCHITECTS PRIZE. This prize will be open to BA Interior Architecture and BA Architecture students.

An award winner and second place for graduating students undertaking the BA Interior Architecture or BA Architecture course deemed to have shown exceptional skill and execution in designing from the ‘Inside Out’. The projects that win the award will have displayed a cohesive thought process from quality of the interior experience through to the external architecture.

Definition of ‘Designing from the Inside Out – We design buildings from the inside out, rather than from the outside in, because these are the bits of the building that can be used in everyday life.  We are interested in people’s lives and experiences and how, together, we can make them better.” A shortlist of four students per course will be compiled for judging.

CHALK ARCHITECTURE AWARD: One award for the graduating student undertaking a course within undergraduate Interior Architecture or Architecture deemed to have shown an exceptional record of research, process and investigation leading to a design proposal.’

STUDIO B.A.D + CHORA AWARD: BA Interior Architecture only. Prizes for graduating students undertaking the undergraduate Interior Architecture course in recognition of narrative and story-telling through excellence in drawings and representation. The Judges will require a shortlist of around 5 students give a short presentation of their work.

Other prizes