WIN: £10,000 Lend Lease/Architects Journal Grand Award for Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London

Ben Cowd's Book: Solar Topography, The Farnese Gardens, Rome has won the Lend Lease/ Architects Journal Grand Award for Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition London.

Sara and Ben with Thomas Hopkins are also exhibiting a drawing: The Mosque of the Sun, Qatar and will be giving a talk about the work at the Royal Academy on 20th July



Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd invited lecturers at International Conference, 'Conversations In Architecture'  hosted by Hugh Fraser. COA Cape Town, SA
Press Release:
“After two decades of marvelling in the possibilities of computers, enough time has passed to appreciate that they often don't make better buildings”, says architect Hugh Fraser, seminar host. “Using the work of Saraben Studio as a departure point, the COA conference explores what is possible now that we better understand digital rendering, modelling and fabrication. The boundaries between the design fields have also blurred allowing architecture, interior and furniture design to blend with product and graphic design more seamlessly.” Hugh Fraser 
Photographs by Jurie Senekal



Mosque of the Sun II: Crown of Doha Exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Show 2012.  
Project Location: Doha, Qatar
Team: Ben Cowd, Thomas Hopkins,
Sara shafiei
Materials: Paper, Etched brass, Rapid Prototype.


WIN: Stefanie Kuhn wins Oxford Brookes prize

Stefanie Kuhn wins Oxford Brookes prize for ‘originality in sustainability’.
Image of  Project ‘Breaking Symmetry: Stage at St. Stephen Walbrook Church, London’  by Stefanie Kuhn and Lucinda Prophet.
Tutors: Sara Shafiei & Horhizon.


BD CLASS OF 2012: Luke Snow

Towards a Carbon-Negative Britain is an alternative vision of a renewable energy plant

Sited opposite the Kingsnorth Power Station in the Medway Estuary, Luke Snow’s project, Towards a Carbon-Negative Britain, presents an alternative vision for a renewable energy plant that takes inspiration from bio-mimetic forms.

The judges were impressed by his evocative representations and intricate model-making skills. “An inspiring interaction between recycling and archi-tectural processes,” said judge Juan Lago-Novás Domingo.

For more information visit: BD Class of 2012