The Architecture Thesis of the Year ATY 2021 Unveils Its Winners

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The ‘Architecture Thesis of the Year | ATY 2021’ is an international annual architecture thesis competition organized by the Charette. The aim of the competition is to extend appreciation to the tireless effort and exceptional creativity of student thesis in the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape and Restoration. We seek to encourage young talent in bringing their path-breaking ideas to the forefront on a global scale. See the crème de la crème of thesis projects from students all over the world for the 2021 edition of the competition.


The full results, including the winners, the honourable mentions, and the top 30 shortlisted entries can be viewed here - https://thecharette.org/aty-2021-results/


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The competition was judged by eminent architects and educators.

  • Viola Ago (Director – Miracles Architecture)

  • Kar Him Mo (Assistant Professor – Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Peter Ferretto (Assistant Professor –  Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Tiana Plotnikova (Co-founder, COO – UFLO)

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1ST PRIZE WINNER

Naomi Vallis


MONSTERS IN ARCHITECTURE

Naomi Vallis from New Zealand took home the First Prize with her thesis that examines the global migration of people, culture and architectural styles from South Asia to New Zealand particularly focussing on how these architectures and styles have transformed and merged through time with local styles to create an ‘Architectural Monster’ — a building composed of various socio-political and cultural influences. The thesis aims to highlight monsters in architecture as a vital tool for building a diverse environment.

The Jury described the project as “one of the most sophisticated, interesting, and fascinating projects …. The proposal challenges preconceived societal notions of monsters. The project is profoundly lyrical and poetic without sacrificing anything from the architectural world.” They also noted that the research shows originality, critical understandings of the tradition of craft and construction, theories, and an interesting personal interpretation.

1ST PRIZE WINNER Image Copyright: Naomi Vallis

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2ND PRIZE WINNER

Franco Ferraro Ravettino


AN ART SCHOOL IN-BETWEEN

Franco Ferraro Ravettino, from Peru, won the second place for his thesis that aims to correct “Cultural Cringe” — a social phenomenon that occurs when artists are unable to demonstrate their work as conceptually and intellectually coherent pieces, as a result of constant exposure to “garbage” mass media —through an art school that would be the kick starter of new knowledge and a culture-based set of customs. The school adopted the architectural character of “In-between Space” by creating programmatic ambiguity of the spaces where the designer could realise spontaneous activity in a building.

The Jury found the project to be “an intriguing and convincing proposal on the question of spatial apparatuses and circulation networks. The work demonstrated a mature level of thinking spatially and three-dimensionally. The formal proposition productive engages and mediates among the primary aspects of the work, the program, circulation, space planning, and the urban subject.”

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Through a series of simple space operations we have met the needs of users who have already been located for years in the area and further space has been set up for public activities, leaving a certain amount of “negotiable” space for random informal activities.

3rd Prize Winner Image Copyright: José Gonçalves

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Amin Zargar (Iran)

  • Thibault Nguyen (Canada)

  • Cäcilia Halbgewachs, Marlene Stechl & Anton Gerl (Germany)

  • Ana Raquel Batista Pereira (Portugal)

  • Gayathri Achuthankutty & Carol Anthony (India)

  • Sergio Eduardo Mutis Ordóñez (Colombia)

  • Liya Anthraper & Wei-Ting Chen (Switzerland)

  • Shen Tifan (France)

  • Anandita Ayesha Rangarajan (India)

  • Boonyawee Thongchaisri (Thailand)

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