Satwinder Samra to judge RIBA President’s Medals 2013

Satwinder Samra has been invited to judge the Part 1 design portfolios in the RIBA President’s Medals this year. Judging takes place in November with winners announced in December at the RIBA. The  President’s Medals Student Awards are considered the most prestigious and long-lasting awards in architectural education in the world. An international jury of distinguished architects, designers and artists select the most outstanding design portfolios from work submitted by schools of architecture world-wide. Former judges included Cedric Price, Sir Denys Lasdun, Daniel Libeskind, Ian Ritchie, Sir Michael Hopkins, Eva Jiricna, Will Alsop, Bob Allies, Ian Davidson, Bruce McLean, Odile Decq, Lella Vignelli, Farshid Moussavi, Nathalie de Vries, Eric Parry and Julia B. Bolles-Wilson.

For more details see the RIBA website.

Satwinder Samra featured in AR Special on Hawkins\Brown

Satwinder Samra explores  future relationships  between academia and practice in this special AR supplement celebrating 25 years of Hawkins/Brown. The practice is led by Roger Hawkins an alumni of the school and employs a number of graduates from the school who are featured in the article.

“These recent graduates have the ability to be astute, flexible, responsive and socially enterprising. This will help them to face the challenges of our time and to develop a way of working that can listen, negotiate and advocate users’ needs from the outset, while producing architecture of value.

Such skills, allied to the aims and support of practices like Hawkins\Brown, can help to shape a vision of a more optimistic future. One in which the next generation can take their place as architects in a more mutually inclusive society and where the production of architecture is a meaningful collaboration with social value as its principal objective.”

More details on Hawkins\Brown can be found on their website.

Theatre in the Park

Teresa Hoskyns, working with Mat Churchill, has completed a pop-up venue, designed especially for the Chichester Festival 2013.

Hoskyns and Churchill’s site-specific work aims at transforming open spaces into temporary civic space.  Their projects create new theatre audiences and new forms of civic engagement. Over 3 million people have attended events in the temporary venues they have created in the UK and US in the last 15 years.  The large-scale touring theatre space designed for Three Sixty Entertainment’s  Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens 2009, toured the US visiting major cities including San Francisco, Chicago and Boston before returning to Kensington Gardens in 2012 for the production of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The objective for this project was to equal the theatrical experience of the original 1962 Chichester Festival Theatre for audience and performers alike in terms of ambience and technical specification.  Teresa drew on her academic research into the public domain to explore the actor/audience relationship which is the heart of the project.  The design expresses the magic and the buzz of a midsummer festival, with the drama of the large scale tent and the intimacy of the auditorium, yet with a direct relationship with the public park outside.  The result is a high quality auditorium and an incredible place to perform.

Technical facts:

  • Innovative, sustainable, re-usable structure
  • Transportable in 20 shipping containers and installed in 8 days
  • State-of-the-art stage with excellent acoustic design to the exacting standards of Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh
  • Auditorium with clear site lines achieved through the innovative use of three elegant 3-D plasma-cut high-tensile steel arches
  • Ingeniously quiet air-handling developed with Helen Butcher at ARUP
  • 52 metre diameter tent with 26 tonne roof loading and 100mph wind rating

Photos © Freya Scott