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RIBA appoints Ed Frith to architectural prize panel


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Master of Architecture Course Leader Ed Frith has been selected to judge the world’s most prestigious architectural education award, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medal.

The Medals, which have been awarded to architecture students for almost 200 years, will see 442 schools from more than 85 countries put forward nominees for Bronze, Silver and Dissertation Medals. Bronze and Silver Medals are awarded to outstanding design projects completed by students during RIBA Part 1 and RIBA Part 2 courses, with Dissertation Medals rewarding accomplished written work produced during these studies.

The annual event will see three further commendations awarded from each category, as well as the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing and RIBA Award for Sustainable Design.

Joining Ed as fellow judges will be Lesley Lokko, Founder and Director of the African Futures Institute in Ghana, Tracey Meller, Parter at Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, and Yesomi Umolu, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice at the London's Serpentine Galleries.

Ed said: “These awards are an international celebration of student endeavour, and reward very high-level innovation, and imagination, in architectural design. It is an honour to be joining this esteemed Silver Medal judging panel to select the best work, being produced by future architects, in the powerful context of intense Climate Change and varied COVID challenges.”

Ed has been Director and Architect at Moving Architecture for more than 30 years; a performative-architectural practice specialising in research and design, with international projects in China, London and New York.

AUB Architecture Industry Fellow Wynne Leung, jointly won the Bronze Medal with her project Invisible Library in 2008.

This year, AUB M.Arch. graduates Robert Pratt, Kira Bennett and Adam Radwanski are being supported with the AUB Mike Davies RIBA President Medal Grant as they develop their joint 2021 entry to the Silver Medal.

The judges will convene to discuss and merit works over October, with winners being announced during the first week of December.

Read more about Master of Architecture (Part 2 ARB/RIBA) at AUB.

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