Architecture alumnus is shortlisted for a RIBA President’s Medal

BArch (Hons) Architecture graduate Tyler Thurston has been nominated for a RIBA bronze President’s Medal.

Tyler's nominated Part 1 project 'Mestre Centre of Identity'
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Tyler's nominated Part 1 project 'Mestre Centre of Identity'

Recent BArch (Hons) Architecture graduate Tyler Thurston has been nominated for a RIBA bronze President’s Medal.

Set up in 1836, the RIBA President’s Medals are the institute's longest-running awards. Over 270 schools of architecture, from 60 countries were invited to apply by RIBA. Medals are awarded in three categories, the Bronze Medal for best design project at Part 1; the Silver Medal for best design project at Part 2 and the Dissertation Medal.

The winners will receive their awards from the RIBA President at a ceremony at the RIBA in London on Tuesday 5th December. This coincides with the opening of an exhibition of entries that also tours throughout the UK and internationally.

Tyler who graduated this summer was shortlisted for his Part 1 project 'Mestre Centre of Identity'. His project centres on a civic building that serves as a soldier to protect and safeguard Italian culture in a conceptual war against globalisation; which is reducing the profound importance of diversity.

The scheme encompasses the key essences of Mestre and fuses these with fundamental elements of Italian culture. The qualities are preserved within an experience that narrates the past, contributes the the present and protects the future of Italian identity.

Tyler's project proposes to deconstruct the local urban fabric and studies the national context to retrieve information. The scheme strives to the harmonise contemporary design with historical influences through the manifestation of conceptual ideas and synthesis of a cultural timeline that is understood through the journey of a series of inter-dependent spaces.

The scheme holds humanity at its heart and the celebration of human life. It serves to address social, economical and political issues that are inherent to globalisation by reinstating the importance of diversity amongst mankind.

Tyler was nominated by the Architecture subject Principal Lecturer Guillermo Garma Montiel and acting head of department Gavin Richards.

“To be nominated for the RIBA international award is a real privilege and something I am very proud of. The achievement celebrates my passion for design, the amount of hours that we're committed to course and in realising the final Design Studio project to it's fullest potential. The course at NTU has provided me with a firm grounding in my understanding of architecture as a profession; something that I shall continue to develop throughout my post-graduate study. I am current on placement at Glenn Howell Architects gaining invaluable industry knowledge for my future career as an Architect”.

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Architecture alumnus is shortlisted for a RIBA President’s Medal

Published on 4 December 2017
  • Subject area: Architecture and civil engineering
  • Category: Culture; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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