LSBU Architecture student awarded RIBA Silver medal commendation
24 December 2019
The Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) has named the best student architecture projects of 2019 as part of its annual President’s Medals, with winners selected from across the UK and Australia.
LSBU student, Piotr Smiechowicz, was awarded a commendation in the RIBA Silver Medal Category, dedicated to the best design projects produced at RIBA Part 2 level or equivalent. Lord Foster presented the award at a ceremony on 3 December in London.
Piotr’s project focused on loneliness and ill mental health in London, proposing a place to help young people escape the Internet and feel the types of pleasure presented by Epicureanism, i.e. of the body and mind. Titled “The Moon Catcher”, Piotr’s project imagines an environment where people broaden their knowledge of cosmology and mental health.
Responding to news of his commendation, Piotr said: “The two years I spent at LSBU studying architecture, were very productive and an intense experience for me. To receive a nomination for the RIBA President Medal was a great privilege in itself, while getting a Silver Medal Commendation was the highlight of my time at LSBU. This recognition has spurred me on towards further development in the field of architecture.
“I am very grateful to LSBU for giving me this opportunity and helping me to achieve success. My tutors, Lilly Kudic and Luke Murray motivated me constantly and helped me to grow as an architect. They believed in me every step of the way and gave me a chance. It is because of their persistent encouragement and support that I was able to achieve this level of distinction.”
Piotr’s tutor, Lilly Kudic, said:“Piotr Smiechowicz's richly deserved success in being awarded an RIBA Silver Medal commendation at this year’s President’s Medals awards ceremony, confirms the strength and vitality of LSBU’s architecture programme and the University’s of consistent record of high achievement in the President's Medals competition. Previously our students have been awarded two Bronze Medals, four Bronze Medal commendations, three Silver Medal commendations, the Serjeant Prize for Drawing at part 2and an outright win in the online vote for the Silver Medal.
“This competition is truly international, and with Piotr succeeding in a field where there were over 350 entries, it emphasises the creative talent and hard work he has put into his project and the relevance of our architecture programme to the highest global standards. We sincerely congratulate Piotr, and wish him every success in his professional career.”