This annual competition, sponsored by Past Master Jonathan and Victoria Ball MBE, is led by Deputy Master of Students and Principal Architect at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates – John Bushell.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year’s competition has been slightly different to past years – with all Student Drawings being submitted digitally to John; and a “virtual” judging panel, comprising of lead Design Directors at KPF, John Bushell, myself (Valerie) – and WCCA Master of Students – John Assael.

We received a record number of applications this year, so the judges had the tough job of viewing over 75 drawings; and shortlisting to the following eight entries…

May I take this opportunity to thank the London Schools of Architecture and Students for all their hard work – the calibre of entries this year really was fantastic!

Part I

Our Part I Winner this year, for his incredibly creative and thoughtful design, is Sean Seah Xinze.

Sean is a Year 2 RIBA part 1 Student from the Bartlett School of Architecture; and his design is based on a Site in Florida, Orlando – Bay Lake, Discovery Island:

Sean Seah Xinze

Bartlett School of Architecture

Project statement
Site: Florida, Orlando, Bay lake, Discovery island
Disney have shaped the world of animation with films such as Snow White, Pinocchio and Cinderella. These films have had global acclaim and generations have grown up influenced by the “magic” of Disney.
On 8th April 1999, Disney abandoned Discovery island, a Safari zoo containing exotic birds and animals. To date Disney have faced many allegations of abuse and mistreatment of its staff and animals.
Thus this project is an exploration into the “dark side” of Disney and to create a redemption for its forgotten victims. Inspired by the Disney film Cinderella, in which Cinderella’s furry friends construct a dress from the unwanted fabrics and beads deemed as “trash. With this dress the forgotten will attempt to outshine the “tyrant”, Disney.

Highly Commendation Runners-Up

Angel Lim

Bartlett School of Architecture

Angel Lim (The Bartlett) for her scheme, which explores the potential of flowers to be used as a building material

George Moldova

University of East London

George Moldovan (University of East London) for his drawing of a site located in a small Portuguese town called Montemor. The design is based on rammed earth walls extruded from the ground.

Isabelle Gin

Bartlett School of Architecture

Isabelle Gin (The Bartlett) for her housing scheme, which aims to alleviate current unsustainable housing issues through its intergenerational cohabitation community centred on a shared economy.l

Yixia Xu

Architectural Association School of Architecture

Yixia Xu (The AA) for “The Odourless City” which explores Stockholm as the greatest victim of neutralisation.

Jeff Yu-Fu Huang

Architectural Association School of Architecture

Jeff Yu-Fu Huang (The AA)for his scheme “A Manual for Urban Surgery” which proposes a new way of City planning

Part II

Boji HU

Architectural Association School of Architecture

This year’s Part II Winner, for an incredible freehand “storyboard” drawing (and additional short film) which explores how the global state of emergency poses a threat to Cities is Boji HU of The AA

Highly Commendation Runner-Up

Clement Luk Laurencio

Bartlett School of Architecture

Clement Luk Laurencio (The Bartlett) for his drawing: Apartment #5, a labyrinth and repository of spatial memories which is set in the current context of the isolation of lockdown.


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