Former Kent School of Architecture student James Bussey won one of the profession’s most important prizes at RIBA’s annual President’s Medals Awards

The Company by James Bussey

Kent School of Architecture has congratulated former student James Bussey, who has won one of the profession’s most important prizes at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) annual President’s Medals Awards.

KENT, 09-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The winners were announced at a ceremony at RIBA’s London HQ on Tuesday 6 December.

In addition to the Bronze and Silver medals, the RIBA design projects judging panels awarded the Serjeant Awards for Excellence in Drawings at Parts 1 (Batchelor) and 2 (Masters). James Bussey won the award made at Masters level. He is a 2016 graduate from the MArch programme at KSA, and is now in practice at Anthony Hudson Architects in Norwich.

His project was selected from hundreds of entries from 87 universities in 33 countries. He chose the graphic novel format to better communicate its multiple layers. He said he wanted to break down the barriers of architectural drawing and, by presenting it in the familiar form of a story, make it more accessible to the public.

His story, ‘The Company’ is set on Helgoland in the North Sea, in 1848 with the shipwreck of an outsider and it chronicles the evolution of the island and its society. Urban development evolves over a timeline of 150 years culminating with a citadel, the location for key civic and religious activities.

Professor Don Gray, Head of KSA, said that Mr Bussey’s work throughout his time at Kent was exemplary and staff and students are extremely proud of his achievement.

KSA is one of the UK’s leading educational institutions for Architecture. It was founded in 2005 and is regularly counted in the top ten of UK schools of architecture according to Guardian and Times League Tables and Complete University Guide.

SOURCE: University of Kent

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