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Wednesday 09 Dec 2009

Winners of Open Up school design competition announced

Open House has announced the winners of the Open Up competition 2009. The competition asked secondary school students from 26 schools across London to create proposals for temporary school buildings to showcase the design skills they learnt throughout the Open Up programme.

Targeted at young people between the ages of 11 and 18, Open Up, which is funded by Ernest Cooke Trust and the Arts Council England, aims to bring students in to contact with key exemplary London architecture and allow them to work hands on with the architects and engineers involved in the projects.

Held at the German Gymnasium, awards were given for a range of skills including Best Design Development, Best Response to the Brief and Best Model Making: Technical Skills award. The judges included Alan Jones, Partnerships for Schools and Hugh Dames, BSF Manager for local borough Waltham Forest.

Alexandra Wilkinson, Daniela Conway & Sabrina Akram from Langdon School were announced Open Up 2009 Overall Winner for their Katapilla design which was praised by the judges for being a very thoughtful and inventive response to the brief combining practical and inventive ideas that resulted in an inspirational learning space.

Founding Director of Open House, Victoria Thornton said: “This is the sixth year we have run our Open Up programme which sees year on year in a rise in the number of schools who wish to participate. At a time when the design of schools across the country is at the forefront of the government’s agenda Open House is pleased to offer ways to educate young people in the language of architecture and the built environment in order to enable them to become informed clients should their school become involved in the BSF programme.”

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