2012 Student Design Award Winners
Following the great response and success of the Student Design Awards programme over the last few years, Architects for Health expanded its scope by jointly hosting a Health Design Charette Week with The Medical Architecture Research Unit (MARU), London South Bank University (LSBU) and the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
On the 27th of January in the Architecture Studio of London South Bank University the current president of the RIBA, Angela Brady, and David Rumsey, Mace Director for the Public Sector, awarded the 2012 Student Design Prize to the team comprising students Syndsey Ballet, Anthony Delleur, Tom Mcaviney and Anna Meredith. The winning team had prepared an exciting proposal for an awkward site at extreme end of the hospital site. The proposals were explored freely in refreshing drawings and models and suggested a solution that blurred the boundary of the hospital and invited greater interaction with the South Bank.
‘We are delighted with the outcome, we set the students a near impossibly tight programme of events and tasks. The work is refreshing and certainly challenges perceptions of healthcare design’ Jaime Bishop Fleet Architects and Architects for Health Executive.
Simon Davies, CEO of the Teenage Cancer Trust, who hosted the kickoff seminar and sat on the judging panel, added ‘…. It helped to expand our horizons about ‘the possible’ whilst teaching students about the challenge of health care delivery in the modern age.’
The students were given a personal tour of the sites by the Guys and St Thomas’ Director Estates, Alastair Gourlay who commented ‘…We talked about what it feels like for children in hospital and how design can make a real difference to the experience of coming to hospital. The students were a lively group with lots of great questions and ideas.’
The Charette Week Back Ground
In late 2011 AfH invited students internationally to apply to attend the week-long residential event of site visits, studio work and seminars (see appendix for full programme). The sixteen successful candidates were challenged to develop an architectural brief and initial ideas for a paediatric ambulatory care centre for the St. Thomas’ site opposite the Palace of Westminster. The charette event is the latest incarnation of the student award which is now in its 5 year.
‘In previous years the AfH student competition has asked participants to submit work remotely with a successful short-list getting the opportunity to present to members at the RIBA. The new Charette format for the student competition grants AfH the opportunity to explore ideas and techniques in detail with the successful applicants within an academic design environment and, wherever possible, taking advantage of the surrounding city including working with neighbours such as the Guys and St Thomas’ Trust. AfH are planning to advertise for 2013 students in Autumn 2012 and are delighted to announce that MACE will continue to support the event.
AfH and partners plan to host the charette week again in 2013.