This was another memorable year for MArch. Life under lockdown called for innovative new ways of working and chance to reappraise every aspect of what we do. But despite the challenges, there have been many significant achievements – not least another round of success for MArch in the RIBA President’s Medals. Winning the coveted Silver Medal for best Part II design project would be worthy of praise at any time but to have achieved this under ‘lockdown’ is astounding. Congratulations to DS16 student Robert Beeny and his tutors, Anthony Boulanger, Callum Perry and Stuart Piercy.
Online once again, this year’s OPEN also hosts an amazing collection of work representing the diversity and imagination of all the MArch studios. Projects this year look to more local themes but, based in London, there is much to draw upon without traveling far from home; and with sensibilities heightened by the current circumstances, the work reflects an ever more environmentally and socially-aware cohort.
That such an outstanding body of work has been produced under these difficult circumstances is a testament to the dedication of the staff; and the talent and resilience of the MArch students.