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Thursday24 July 2014

RIBA launches design competition for King’s College

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Architect sought for redevelopment of college’s Strand campus

A design competition has been launched to find an architect for a £20 million redevelopment of King’s College London’s Strand Campus.

The RIBA-organised competition is inviting expressions of interest to design a redevelopment of the Quadrangle and its associated buildings.

King’s College wants to extend the campus by 3,700sqm, providing capacity for a further 2,600 students on a campus currently accommodating 9,200.

A statement from the college said it will appoint an architect “based on their ability to bring innovative thinking to a significant historical site in order to revitalise a learning community”. 

Five practices will be invited to develop concept designs. The deadline for expressions of interest is June 1.

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  • Wasted opportunity for a REAL competition
    Expressions of interest will be anonymous, but contain photos of work, which will be instantly identifiable by e.g. deputy editor of Architectural Review.
    5 architects will be chosen on the basis of a 20 page essay. Hmmmh!
    So how will the new talent come through.
    Typical RIBA think - only those who have done one can do another.

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  • You can almost name the 5 shortlisted firms already. A sad day when RIBA base a selection process on an essay. Let lesser known architects show you what they can do through DESIGN. What exactly is the purpose of RIBA. They're good at accepting annual subs that keep them in gainful employment but I can't think of much else. Toothless and gutless.

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  • I'm flattered that David Berridge credits me with the ability to identify any practice in the world by a few snapshots of their work (would it were so!), but I hope he and EatMyZeitgeist don't reflect all practices' feelings on entering. The submission request, I've been told, asks for 'what you do' not 'what you have done', so it is not about demonstrating your track record, but giving some insight into what you might have the potential to do creatively. The client is committed to finding the best design solution, whether from a big or a small practice, famous or unknown. The reason I'm so excited to be part of the judging process is because I think it is such a fantastic brief, both in its context and programme, and that, unlike EatMyZeitgeist, I haven't a clue who the five shortlisted firms will be – but I do know, however, that there is quite a hefty honorarium for the (un?)famous five to develop their proposals. So, please, if you are interested in the project, do express it! Will Hunter, The Architectural Review

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