Sydney architecture student wins prestigious 2014 RIBA Dissertation Medal
University of Sydney architecture student Jasper Ludewig, who completed the Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree with Honours in 2013, has been awarded the 2014 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Dissertation Medal. The RIBA President's Medals, which date back to 1836, are among the oldest and most prestigious architecture student awards in the world.
41 students were shortlisted for the prize after nominations came from 617 architecture schools in 61 countries, the highest number ever in the history of the awards.
Jasper's 55,000-word dissertation, Made Ground: A Spatial History of Sydney Park, was completed last year. With it, he has already obtained his First Class Honours degree and won the University Medal. The dissertation examined Sydney Park in St Peters, as a case study against which to introduce tenets of 'Spatial History' - a method of historical inquiry developed by Australian geographer, historian, artist and architect, Paul Carter.
Jasper received his medal at a gala dinner and awards ceremony in London last night (3rd December) and commented: "My initial reaction was one of disbelief. I thought there must have been a mix up with names when I was first told. The Medal adds even more significance to the very rewarding year I spent in research and has opened up a future of new and exciting opportunities!"
He was not the only University of Sydney architecture student to receive recognition at the award ceremony, a High Commendation in the Silver Medal category was also awarded to University of Sydney student Justin Cawley for his Master of Architecture graduation studio project: An Ark for Endangered Atmospheres.
An exhibition at RIBA's London headquarters will feature Jasper Ludewig's winning work for two months, before the exhibition tours the UK and internationally.
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