Tamayouz Excellence Award

TAMAYOUZ ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF ITS INTERNATIONAL GRADUATION PROJECTS AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE 2021

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 Excellence Award’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 place winner for the 2021 cycle is Jeniffer Fagundes from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS in Brazil, supervised by Patrícia de Freitas Nerbas. The second place winner is Habin Park from the Hanyang University in South Korea, supervised by Nam, Sung-Taeg. And the third place winner is Sergio Eduardo from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, 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 485 submissions, representing 153 universities and 41 countries. Selection for the top 10 submissions was made based on the award’s assessment criteria, highlighting projects that are aspirational and transformative, and 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 November and January.

The winners and honourable mentions were selected by Tamayouz’s jury panel, which met remotely in November 2021. The judges this year were:

Dr Ahmadreza Hakimnajad: Researcher in Urbanism and Lecturer at Coventry University, UK.
Dr Nahed Jawad – UK: Founder of Nahed Jawad Architects
Ayad Al Tuhafi – UK: Owner and director of Ayad Al Tuhafi Architects
Fernando Olba – Spain: architect and the principal of Fernando Olba Arquitectura y Ubanismo, a Valencia-based practice.
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
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 prizes for the International Graduation Projects Award are:

First prize: An MSc Scholarship for 2 Years at the University Polytechnic of Milan + Tamayouz Medal + Certificate + An invitation to attend the annual ceremony.
Second prize: A three-month paid internship with Dewan Architects + Engineers in Dubai + Certificate + An invitation to attend the annual ceremony.
Third prize: A three-month paid internship with Dewan Architects + Engineers in Dubai + Certificate + An invitation to attend the annual ceremony.
7 x Honourable Mentions: Certificate + A scholarship to study Regenerative Architecture & Ecological Design with Ecodemia.org.uk + Certificate + Invitation to attend the annual ceremony.
Supervisor of the Year: Certificate + Medal
Architecture School of the Year: Medallion

The winners of the Tamayouz International Award 2021
*The winners’ selection and ranking are based on the judging panel’s unanimous decision on all entries.

The first place winner for the 2021 cycle is Jeniffer Fagundes from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS in Brazil, supervised by Patrícia de Freitas Nerbas.

Jury Comment: “The jury highly commended this well-resolved project and its thorough investigation of this global issue it aims to address.

The judges also acknowledged the project’s consideration of sustainability for its programme, form, system design and use of materials. The consistency between the intent of the proposal and its resolution is successful. The judges further commended the connectivity to the context and how it balances a strong architectural idea while retaining humility and human scale.”

The second place winner is Habin Park from the Hanyang University in South Korea, supervised by Nam, Sung-Taeg.

Jury Comment: “The jury found this proposal is ambitious and transformational in its scope, sympathetic to the site and beautiful in its architectural resolution. They found the explanations to be credible and well-studied, and the plans, drawings, renders and panels show the talent of the architect behind the project.

The judges also felt that the project offered a simple and intelligent design meant to improve community life. The project shows architectonic knowledge both urban and constructive and how to apply it to serve the community.”

The third place winner is Sergio Eduardo from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, supervised by Eduardo Fonseca.

Jury Comment: “The jury found this project clearly structured and well-articulated, showing a high level of design resolution at both human and urban scale.

It is clear that the student put great effort into all of the visuals and showed mastery to go from general to particular and in detail. However, the judges felt that the construction systems, materials and sustainability issues can be further developed.”

Honourable Mentions
*Honourable mentions are listed in no particular order

Naeera Ali from the Rhode Island School of Design in the USA, supervised by Markus Berger.

Jury Comment: “The jury felt that this project presented an interesting adaptive re-use project that sensitively restores the Ruplal house and strategically reimagines its possibilities. The judges complimented the attention to detail, particularly in the design around the sliding screen doors, these doors transform the original building into a series of flexible learning spaces that offer multiple positive architectural moments.”

Rahat Ibna Hasan from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, supervised by Dr Nasreen Hossain, Patrick D’ Rozario and Dr Apurba k Poddar.

Jury Comment: “The jury found this project thought-provoking in terms of bringing these skilled people together and allowing them to collaborate together, forming a sense of community. and they commended the Good urban analysis which shows an understanding of the problem and social concern. 

It’s a very community-oriented project, and this is firmly addressed in the actually architectural solution. However, the jury felt the design should explore different ways of interconnecting levels.”

Hussien Saeed and Rania Alzyoud from the Al Albayt University in Jordan, supervised by Rami Alshawbkeh.

Jury Comment: “The jury appreciated the students’ ambitions to monumentalize the informal settlement while finding public space where there wasn’t. The judges found it to be well presented and spatially interesting; however, the jury felt that the project could use more work in its relation with the city, study adjacent neighbourhood to understand future connections.” 

Nour Tabet from the Lebanese American University in Lebanon, supervised by Elie Michel Harfouche.

Jury Comment: “The jury found this well-researched project interesting and goes beyond the element of resolving complex urban issues through a journey but through creating and taking ownership of active spaces at different levels.”

Mounira El Halabi from the Beirut Arab University in Lebanon, supervised by Dr Eslam Elsamahy. 

Jury Comment: “The jury found this project to be full of merit, the jury highly commended this project and its thorough investigation of tradition, craftsmanship and urban fabric. Its intention to recover the built and cultural heritage was recognised and the judges found the resulting architecture and connection of roofs and the street symbolic and realistic.“

Anja Popović from the University of Belgrade – Serbia, supervised by Nebojsa Fotiric.

Jury Comment: “The jury appreciated the idea of responding to urban areas that lead to the destruction of the biodiversity of a city, and the student’s intent to create something where natural life thrives. The jury also felt that the project was beautifully drawn and presented an Interesting system and process of reusing the silos. However, the jury felt that the project could use more work in terms of responding to problems of the abandoned industrial area.”

Bushra Andura from the Damascus University in Syria, supervised by Adeeb Omari. 

Jury Comment: “The jury enjoyed this project, and felt that it offered a thorough urban analysis of the site and context. The student shows a good effort to combine an important hub with a social space through public plazas and a good design grid connection system.”

Supervisor of the Year 2021 goes to Patrícia de Freitas Nerbas for supervising the first place winning project. 

Architecture School of the Year 2021 goes to Universidade do Vale do Rio dos SinosUNISINOS in Brazil for its student who won the first-place prize. 

The top 100 finalists, longlisted top 50, the shortlisted top 20, honourable mentions and winning projects will be showcased in our new platform The World’s Top 100 Graduation Projects which will be launched in 2022.

Tamayouz Excellence Award is sponsored by Coventry University, the Iraqi Business Council in Jordan, Kufa – Makiya Charity, Dewan Architects + Engineers, Ayad Al-Tuhafi Architects, Bonair Ltd, Ecodemia.org.uk , the United Nations Global Compact – Iraq Network and Round City.