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RIBA Suffolk are launching this Student Design Competition in memory of the late Mark Savin, RIBA Suffolk Chairman and architect. RIBA Suffolk have established this annual competition as a lasting tribute to Mark who was a role model for young architects and students in the region.

In its initial year, this competition has been created to promote architecture and raise awareness of the many talented architects practicing in Suffolk. Each year students will be encouraged to submit designs within the Suffolk context and it is envisaged that the social and contextual analysis in their designs will encourage those who have left the area to study architecture to return and practice in Suffolk following completion of their courses whilst introducing those from other regions to Suffolk and the great opportunities it offers to practice in the Eastern Region.

The Ipswich Waterfront has undergone a process of significant regeneration and benefitted from major investment in recent years. A wide range of development has been undertaken, and with the exciting Upper Orwell Crossing project designed by Foster and Partners set to unite the town centre, the area has become a hotspot for residential, cultural and academic development.

Albion Wharf, a prominent feature on the Ipswich Waterfront, commenced in 2007 but was stopped in 2009 following the financial crash. It has remained as a concrete frame since then but has recently been purchased by John Howard who has engaged contractor R G Carter to complete the scheme. With kind permission from the developer and contractor, RIBA Suffolk have launched The Savin Award design competition around this project and will invite students to provide their own interpretation of the development using the existing concrete frame as a base structure for their own designs. Project CAD files are available to download here. RIBA Suffolk will encourage entrants to analyse the building and its context to generate their own brief and prepare designs for their vision of the completed project. 


Students are invited to submit digital entries of their design response and written evaluation. Submission and Assessment Criteria:


  1. Design Proposals on 2 x A1 sheets in PDF format.

Successful articulation of the design proposal using appropriate imaging and with reference to analysis and assessment of site appraisal and context.

  1. Written analysis of proposals on 1 x A4 sheet in PDF format.

Judges will consider the ability to appraise the design response in a site and cultural context in written form.


  • Sarah Wigglesworth

  • Meredith Bowles

  • Jerene Irwin, Norfolk Association of Architects - interbranch connections


5:00pm on Friday 31st August 2018



​The shortlist will be announced by 24th September 2018. The shortlist will be invited to attend the opening of the RIBA Suffolk Architecture Exhibition at the University of Suffolk on Friday 12th October 2018. The judges will announce the winning entry who will be presented with a prize for £500.00. Two runners up will be presented with a prize for £100.00 each.


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