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Cliff face for White Cliffs of Dover wins LSBU student top award

A ground-breaking cliff face design scoops Daniel Tang, an LSBU architecture student, a £5,000 scholarship and architectural practice mentoring
15 November 2016

Wing Hang (Daniel) Tang, a London South Bank University (LSBU) Architecture student, has been awarded a prestigious RIBA-WREN Insurance Association Scholarship worth £5,000, plus regular mentoring from practices within the WREN Consortium (some 59 practices).

Awarded to just five students nationally each year, the scholarships aim to support outstanding students enrolled in a RIBA-validated Part 2 professional qualification course in the UK and who, in the eyes of the judges, have the potential to make a significant contribution in the field of architecture.

Central to Daniel’s winning submission was a project entitled ‘The Recluse’. Initially inspired by the story of a hermit living in a cave set in the White Cliffs of Dover, Daniel set out to design a twenty-first century equivalent. The resulting design is for a long-lasting structure anchored to the cliff-face, capable of absorbing everchanging contours, and able to withstand extreme weather conditions: a safe dwelling providing the very solitude sought by the original caveman.

Daniel's work

Commenting on his award, Daniel said: “This project, one of several designs submitted, really stretched my learning to the extreme. The judges had to see that the concept could work and I was thrilled that they saw such merit in what was a very complex creation.”

Daniel is currently in his final year studying a MArch Master of Architecture at LSBU, a programme leading to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 professional award. The course emphasises design as a central activity underpinned by research.

LSBU’s Head of the Division of Architecture, Lilly Kudic, commented: “This award is richly deserved. Daniel's design showed creative imagination and a dedication to making a demanding concept really work. It is the first time an LSBU student has received this particular award, and I very much hope that Daniel will be an inspiration to future students.”

The RIBA Wren Insurance Association scholarships were established in March 2013 following a generous donation by The Wren Insurance Association Limited, the architects’ professional indemnity mutual that currently comprises 59 of the UK’s leading architectural practices.

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