Entrance Criteria and Submission Material for The AfH 2007 Student Health Design Award
- Any student architecture project concerning healthcare design (Acute, primary, continuing, social, mental health, or other approved by the judging panel)
- By a student presently studying architecture or having completed their studies within 18 months of submission date.
- Open to students worldwide
- Submission electronically to email@example.com
- 300-600 approximately words (in English) describing the brief and the proposal
- 4 number A3 PDF or JPG graphics (Text and Images @ 300 dpi)
- Please clearly state your name and project title and institution on every submission item
- Within the brief include the stage of studies (e.g. RIBA part 1, RIBA part 2 or equivalent) at which the project was completed
In order to achieve the initial goals set out by AfH the judging criteria must have to be seen to support the combination of practical healthcare design and the less pragmatic and more poetic requirements of a modern day student of architecture. It would be counter-productive to ignore all purely pragmatic specifically heath design issues in favour of the esoteric ponderings of students, and vice versa. Neither approach should exclude a project from winning.
AfH is particularly keen to celebrate when a proposal has engaged with the experience of staff and building users; what it will be like to be inside this building? and how will that effect healing on a one to one scale? A crudely ‘elevated’ massing model will not demonstrate this.
The individual projects should be judged against the brief provided with the submission. However when considering the submission we would like a number of points to be considered and disregarded.
Example points to be considered:
- Creativity – Has the student imaginatively explored the brief to deliver an interesting proposal, this should be demonstrated through thorough research and the response to it.
- Patient/Staff Centred – How has the applicant considered the experience of its clients, how are they justified?
- Aesthetic – Does the visual resolution of the project suggest a suitable response to the brief, be it an elegant synergy of function and expression or a logical response to context.
- Graphic Quality / Skills- Does the quality of the graphical submissions support a comprehensive, sensitive and detailed investigation of the subject? Architecture students are developing the skills to express their ideas, how successfully is this demonstrated?
- At what stage in the student’s career was the project undertaken?
Example points to be disregarded:
- Practicalities – Number of sluice rooms, unless the success of the idea at the core of the design hinges on these details.
- Guidance – Any technical advice or regulation unless specifically invited on board by the student’s choice of brief.
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