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Tamayouz Excellence Award for International Graduation Projects Award 2022 – Winners Announcement

Tamayouz Excellence Award is proud to announce the winners of its International Graduation Projects Award – the world’s largest international award for architecture graduation projects. Each year, the award invites students of architecture, urban design, planning and landscape design to submit their graduation projects.

The International Graduation Projects Award is part of Tamayouz’s eight-category awards programme that champions and celebrates excellence in architecture worldwide.

The award is open to students of architecture, urban design, urban planning, architecture technology and landscape design, who are invited to submit their graduation projects. The award aims to recognise excellence in architectural design and education worldwide and showcases excellent architectural examples to promote and provoke architectural debate.

The first prize winner of the 2022 cycle is Jongseung Lee from Hanyang University in South Korea, supervised by Jae Kyung Kim. The second prize winner is Le Anh Tai from the University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, supervised by Dam Huynh Quoc Vu. And the third prize winners are Diego Costanzo and Juan Cruz Ferreyra from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina, supervised by Eduardo Fonseca. The award also recognises seven honourable mentions, an architecture school of the year and a supervisor of the year.

​The winners and honourable mentions were selected out of 534 submissions, representing 147 universities and 56 countries. Selection of the top 10 submissions was made based on the award’s assessment criteria, highlighting aspirational and transformative projects that tackle local and global challenges through holistic understandings of context. Tamayouz released a top 100 finalists, longlist and shortlist for the International Graduation Projects Award between October and November.

The winners and honourable mentions were selected by Tamayouz’s jury panel, which met remotely in November 2022. The judges this year were:

  • Dr Ahmadreza Hakimnajad: Researcher in Urbanism and Lecturer at Coventry University, UK.
  • Fernando Olba – Spain: architect and the principal of Fernando Olba Arquitectura y Ubanismo, a Valencia-based practice.
  • Firas Hnoosh – UAE: Managing director at Nordic Office Architects
  • Marc Glaudemans – The Netherlands: Architect, Academic and Executive Director, Province of North Brabant.
  • Muhannad Herzallah – Jordan: Architect and Educator.
  • Muthar Al Salloum – UK: Architect and co-founder of MAS Architecture and Academic at the Leicester School of Architecture.
  • Prisca Arosio – The Netherlands: Urbanist, researcher and founder of Melita studio
  • Sebastian Hicks – UK: Course director of architecture at Coventry University
  • Silan Yip Levelle – UK: Architect and Assistant Professor at Coventry University, UK.
  • Stefanos Adamakis – Greece: Partner at Adamakis Architects & Associates
  • Ossaid Al-Eitan – Jordan: Founder of AlKafo for Construction Management & Design Consultancy (Non-voting facilitator).
  • Ahmed Al-Mallak – UK: Founding Director of Tamayouz Excellence Award and Academic at Coventry University (Non-voting chair).

More information about our judges can be found on our jury page here.

The winners of the Tamayouz International Award 2022

*The winners’ selection and ranking are based on the judging panel’s unanimous decision on all entries.

The first prize winner is Jongseung Lee from Hanyang University in South Korea, supervised by Jae Kyung Kim.

Jury Comment:

This project, like many other competition entries, aims at restoring or reviving a traditional industry and its corresponding spatial expressions in the face of its degradation due to globalization, environmental degradation, and demographic factors. In this case, the project focuses on the shellfish and clams fishing industry in Korea.

What sets this project apart is its fabulous and poetic imagination of regeneration possibilities. By very cleverly incorporating qualities of the existing material into the design itself, the designer proposes a structure that is truly fascinating and sublime in its appearance. Formally it is modest and harmonizes with the environment. But the playing with light and the opaque transparency are stunning.

The second prize winner is Le Anh Tai from the University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, supervised by Dam Huynh Quoc Vu.

Jury Comment:

This project proposes to revive the traditional river life and architecture of the Vietnamese Hue region. The approach is to learn as much as possible from tradition but, moreover, to (re-)establish a deep connection with the topography and spirit of the landscape.

Translating this process into an architectural form has resulted in a very large but clever intervention in this landscape. The research continued into creating a modern construction while respecting age-old technological lessons, the result is a delicate building well set on nature with clever use of wood and sustainable material.

The visual imagination of the potential of this project and this site are impressive and convey the deep understanding and respect of this landscape and community.

The third prize winners are Diego Costanzo and Juan Cruz Ferreyra from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina, supervised by Eduardo Fonseca.

Jury Comment:

This project proposes a regeneration of an industrial site in Rosario consisting of spatially very interesting underground silos in long rows. The designer aims to keep the structures intact as much as possible to keep the relation with the site’s history. In addition, the design aims to create a liveable new city quarter by injecting housing and amenities into this area.

Excellent research analysis of an existing infrastructure looking for a transformative and sustainable solution to preserve it and evaluate it.

From an architectural standpoint, the proposal is logical and can be understood. From the panels, the wider urban context is unclear, and issues such as connectivity and public transport are not explicitly addressed. The same goes for more technical aspects such as building physics, interior climate, etcetera.

The architectural translation of an urban housing concept in these geometric concrete forms is aesthetically convincing and results in fascinating architecture and urban form, the project shows a good understanding of the tectonics of the silo and a good effort to bring a solution to a social problem. Whether the solution is liveable from a more functional perspective, it allows for many variations and shows the different possibilities of a single element.

Honourable Mentions
*Honourable mentions are listed in no particular order

Nushinsadat from the University of Manitoba, supervised by Herbert Enns.

Jury Comment:

In this project, the designer aims to revive a centuries-old and world-famous tradition of Persian carpet making. The design combines a carpet weaving centre aimed at skills development, woman’s participation and economic benefits with an archaeological museum and site development. The architectural research themes are related to weaving processes and are based on climatic typologies and brick architecture.

The response to the research question, the site and the design brief have resulted in a fabulous piece of architecture and landscaping that seems to harmonize completely with the environment and is also a striking feature of modern-day parametric design incorporating all kinds of innovations while still rooted in tradition.

Tabassum Sultana from the University of Asia Pacific, supervised by Abu Sayeed Mostaque Ahmed, Ziaul Islam, Mehrab Iftekher and Nishat Tasnim, Nabila Ferdousi.

Jury Comment:

The project aims to rejuvenate the past through master planning to facilitate historical, cultural, and philosophical growth by using adaptive reuse and pragmatic interventions.

Excellent analysis to identify the problems to be solved and a very good resolution of every area however, there is a lack of connection to the rest of the city.

Taorem Sananu from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, supervised by Dr Khandaker Shabbir Ahmed.

Jury Comment:

In this project, a brave proposal is presented to ‘formalize. The informal’ and create better conditions for slum dwellers to develop and display their entrepreneurial talents.

The creation of an ‘interface’ between slum environments and formal urban areas might be a good way to make it easier for different segments of city users to interact.

The modular approach to resolving the problems of slums is commended, however, we wish there was a deeper investigation of the urban social side.

The architecture is based on cheap and simple construction and emphasises the re-use of materials. That said, the design itself is not that simple, and the creation of different levels imposes serious safety issues that must be met, resulting in a much higher price relative to ground-floor designs.

Juan Diego Ramirez Rodriguez from the Universidad de Los Andes, supervised by Claudio Rossi.

Jury Comment:

The project outline starts with a rather modest problem definition for a specific area in Bogota with issues that relate to the economic viability of a traditional crafts sector, a mission to restore both jobs and liveability, meanwhile addressing health and environmental issues of the traditional methods.

The response is far from standard because the designer envisions a mega intervention by introducing a porous skyscraper into a delicate urban fabric. The building occupies workshops and exhibition spaces and is also a showcase for timber use for spectacular and tall architectural structures.

Nevertheless, the project is convincing as a conceptual exploration of space and matter related to a real and urgent issue in many cities worldwide: the disappearance of economic carriers that form the identity and economic prosperity and social coherence of urban neighbourhoods.

Claudia A. Crespo Castro from the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras, supervised by Dr Regner Ramos.

Jury Comment:

Due to globalization, climate change, and economic reasons, a threatened fisherman’s community is on the islands of Puerto Rico. Social injustice, displacement. Film as a medium of research.

The rather politically driven project is interesting since this element is mostly absent in other submissions.

The detailed and workable proposal is a program that serves the local community and visitors with a hotel, restaurant, and shops, creating a business and a social environment

The very tasteful visuals and elegant drawings are more impressionist than truly informative about the layout and functioning of the complex.

Mohamed Hussien Sayed from Alexandria University, supervised by Hader Hawash.

Jury Comment:

Beautifully crafted and strong references to wicker and palms.

The village feel and materiality under the canopy could have been better defined, the canopy is too big and could have been smaller, covering only the main open space or several smaller canopies covering smaller spaces, and instead reveal the village buildings underneath which have interesting composition and architecture.

Research question: strategy to keep traditions, community and local economy alive by modernizing facilities, creating modern visitor centre, museum and retail facilities. In general, not only for this project, but no one also questions the economic viability of this strategy. Do the underlying reasons for degrading businesses change by creating a complex like this? Is there demand, and are young people still interested in getting trained and working in this field?

Response; traditional response. Relatively minor research on functional and economic aspects but a strong focus on building technology and materialization. 

Marah Mohammad Khader and Bara’ah Ali Hamdan from Al Al-Bayt University, supervised by Mohannad Tarrad.

Jury Comment:

There is a clear societal mission set out by the designer to explain and promote organic farming based on the current ecological damage done by traditional farming methods and the fact that organic farming is still not widespread in Jordan.

The research seems to have been mostly devoted to the questions of ‘how’ the design brief could be transformed into the plan and architectural language and details of the construction. That is a solid albeit ‘traditional’ approach to research in relation to a design brief.

That said, the design is consistent in form, appearance and materialization and is simply beautiful. The plan is an interesting response to the site location. The spatial composition is a logical translation of the design brief but lacks a more harmonious integration dissolving the architecture in the agricultural land.

Architecture School of the Year goes to Hanyang University for its student who won the first-place prize. It is worth mentioning the 2nd prize winner in 2021 was also from Hanyang University.

Supervisor of the Year goes to Jae Kyung Kim from Hanyang University for supervising the first prize winner.

The prizes for the International Graduation Projects Award are:

  1. First prize: An MSc Scholarship for 2 Years at the University Polytechnic of Milan + Tamayouz Medal + Certificate + An invitation to attend the annual ceremony.
  2. Second prize: A three-month paid internship with Dewan Architects + Engineers in Dubai + Certificate + An invitation to attend the annual ceremony.
  3. Third prize: A three-month paid internship with Dewan Architects + Engineers in Dubai + Certificate + An invitation to attend the annual ceremony.
  4. 7 X Honourable Mentions: Certificate + Invitation to attend the annual ceremony
  5. Supervisor of the Year Award: Given to the supervisor of the winning project or the supervisor with the most entries supervised in the Top 10 Tamayouz Medal + Certificate.
  6. School of the Year Award: Tamayouz Medallion is given to the university of the winning project or the university with the most entries in the Top 10.
  7. THE CEREMONY: An invitation to attend the Tamayouz Award Annual Ceremony for the winners mentioned above (Flight and Accommodation costs covered by the organisers for the TOP 3 winners of Tamayouz International only).

THE WORLD’S TOP 100 GRADUATION PROJECTS PLATFORM
As part of our effort to highlight the excellent work done by students worldwide, Tamayouz launched an online platform showcasing the top 100 projects received from around the world.

Tamayouz Excellence Award is sponsored by Coventry University, the Iraqi Business Council in Jordan, Kufa – Makiya Charity, Dewan Architects + Engineers, Bonair Ltd, the United Nations Global Compact – Iraq Network, Round City, and the Oman Society of Engineers.