Tumen Khuram: ‘Traditional Pottery of Nicosia’.Three students from the School of Architecture have been awarded the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA) awards at the recent Oxford Brookes End of Year Show.  The prizes are awarded to postgraduate and undergraduate students for overall excellence.

The three winners were James Palmer, Lucy Reader and  Tumem Khuram.  They received their awards from Mark Shipton, Chair of the RIBA South Region and RIBA Oxfordshire Branch.  The judges of the RIBA awards were Mark Shipton, and Dan Wadsworth of Jessop and Cook Architects.

James Palmer received the Leslie Jones Memorial Prize award for excellence.  James’ work impressed judges with his ideas and designs for an academic music centre in a neglected area of Porto, Portugal.   James studied BA Honours in Architecture and is due to start a work placement at Oxford Architects.

Tumem Khuram received the Leslie Jones Memorial Prize, awarded to BA students for the most progress in built construction.  The judges were impressed with Tumem’s project ‘Traditional Pottery of Nicosia’. Tumem studies BA Architecture and has just started his one year placement working for Grimshaw Architects, London. He is currently working on the development of London Bridge station, the cornerstone of the Thameslink rail project.

Speaking about his project Tumen said, “People become skilled at a craft through participating in it, getting involved in the production process and through associating with experts. Cypriots have memories of many aspects of conflict, and memories about place are especially potent. The new pottery workshops represent what has been lost: a former homeland, a peaceful past, a way of life that is gone forever.”

Lucy Reader was the winner of the RIBA South Prize awarded to a postgraduate student for overall excellence.  Her project ‘Synthetic Technologies in the Picturesque’, is based on the Tilfen hazardous waste landfill site in Thamesmead, south east London. Her idea is an entirely synthetic, but self-cultivating park which harnesses new nano-technological processes.   Lucy completed her studies in MArchD in Applied Design in Architecture this year and has recently joined William Matthews Associates in central London.

Speaking about the award Lucy commented, “This project set out to explore a new landscape typology that synthesises architecture, landscape, infrastructure and machine technology. The synthetic park proposes a new means of remediation for degraded Brownfield land areas, whilst responding to the initiative for a decentralised energy grid for London”.

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