Global success – Queen’s excels in the 2017 RIBA Bronze Medal


Earlier this month at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, Queen’s graduate Luca Garoli was awarded a highly commendation in the 2017 Bronze Medal category of the RIBA President’s Medals.

The President’s Medals have been awarded since 1836 and in 2017 they were open to schools of architecture from 71 countries – and are considered to be the most prestigious international awards in architectural education.

The design work presented by Luca for the medal was for a proposal in Ballycastle, the focus of the final semester design studio for year three.

Final year BSc Architecture 2016-17 was led by Keith McAllister and the Ballycastle based project and design studio module was led by Alan Jones. External tutor Mark Hackett led Luca’s final semester design tutorial group.

Guest reviewers who gave feedback on the work of the second semester design studio included Alastair Hall and Ian McKnight (Hall McKnight), Alun Jones (Dow Jones), Susie Patrick, Jane Larmour, Craig Sheach (PRP) Ricardo Marini (Gehl), Stephen Gallagher (FCB Studios), and Craig Martin (Delft).

Luca Garoli graduated in July 2017 with a First Class Honours in our BSc Architecture (RIBA & ARB Part 1) and is in his year out placement with Weston Williamson Architects, London. A different judging panel also chose the work of Luca Garoli for a commendation in the SOM UK Foundation Fellowship.

The full RIBA Medal submission by Luca Garoli can be viewed at


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