AJ Student Prize 2022: University of East London

About the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

Location London E16 Courses BSc (Hons) Architecture, MArch Head of school David Tann Full-time tutors 11 Part-time tutors 35 Students 220 Staff to student ratio 1:15


Hamda Jama

Course BSc (Hons) Architecture
Studio/unit brief Re-thinking space for activism, education and play in context of the climate emergency: A new building for the Hackney Youth Parliament (Unit A)
Project title Integrated Community

Project description This proposal is for a fully accessible and inclusive public building, where the spaces are shared and designed to be dwelled in, but also act as an extension of the public realm that it fronts onto. The Hackney Youth Parliament is at its centre, its main chamber defined by a public auditorium, circulation and an atrium. The meeting space is designed to see from and be seen. Its operation is supported by a series of formal mixed-use rooms on the intermediate floor, a workshop at ground level and roof garden and sports hall at the top.

Tutor citation Hamda’s project is critically informed by her hands-on research into young people’s everyday lives and her sensitive reading of Hackney’s unique socio-spatial context that is the result of its highly diverse and young population. Carsten Jungfer and Fernanda Palmieri


Dan Strassburg

Dan Strassburg

Course MArch
Studio/unit brief Open Space (Unit 2)
Project title Kidbrooke Youth Centre and Re-naturated Parkland

Project description Located on unused green meadows in south-east London, this project looks at alternative ways to sustainably develop green spaces through community-led workshops and crafts, as well as youth and education centres. It draws inspiration from alternative youth groups, including Kibbo Kift and Woodcraft Folk. The intervention also continues a ‘renaturation’ project for wetlands while opening up new pathways. It suggests a slow, grassroots method of development – self-built, self-grown with materials on site and community ownership. Ponds and streams form a protected part of the park for youth groups to freely play among.

Tutor citation The project is a civic and poetic infrastructure that engages a variety of people with nature through shared action. It is a place that inspires young people to connect to themselves, others and to the natural environment. Christoph Hadrys and Uwe Schmidt-Hess


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