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Tamayouz Excellence Award for International Graduation Projects Award 2023 – 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 nine-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 2023 award is Tran Thi Chi from Van Lang University in Vietnam, the second prize winner is Joelle Dib from Damascus University in Syria and the third prize winner is Majd Odeh from An-Najah National University in Palestine. The award also recognises seven Honourable Mentions, a special award and the architecture school, the supervisor of the year.

The winners and Honourable Mentions were selected out of 422 submissions, representing 141 universities and 36 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 on November.

The winners and honourable mentions were selected by Tamayouz’s jury panel, which met remotely in November 2023. The judges this year were:

  • Dr Ebtissam Farid Moustapha: Head of school of Design and Media, Coventry University UK – branch at TKH – Cairo – Egypt, and Co-founder of ENCODE
  • Dr Mahsa Alami Fariman – UK: Academic – School of Energy, Construction and Environment | Coventry University
  • Akram Ogaily – UAE: Architect and Urban Designer, Executive Consultant – Hill International, Principal/Founder – Muhtaraf Al Imara
  • Ayad Al Tuhafi – UK: Owner and director of Ayad Al Tuhafi Architects
  • Muhannad Herzallah – Jordan: Architect and Educator.
  • Muthar Al Salloum – UK: Architect and founder of MAS Architecture Ltd and Academic at the Leicester School of Architecture
  • Stefanos Adamakis – Greece: Partner at Adamakis Architects & Associates
  • Ossaid AlEitan – Jordan: Founding director 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 2023
*The winners’ selection and ranking are based on the judging panel’s unanimous decision on all entries.

The first prize winner is Tran Thi Chi from Van Lang University in Vietnam, supervised by Do Quoc Hiep

Jury Comment:

“An inspiring project with high respect toward the project’s impact on the locals so it won’t affect the simplicity of the life of coastal residents, so it doesn’t lead to an alien-shaped building and disturb the beauty of the landscape. 

A very powerful critique of globalisation through architectural design. The project is based on a solid attachment of the local community to the sea in Phan Thiet City, Vietnam.

It uses the museum’s form and space as a tool that stands against urbanisation which destroys the ‘sense of place’, ‘cultural identity’ and heritage in the area. The height of the building, materiality and context embedment need further investigation.”

The second prize winner is Joelle Dib from the Damascus University in Syria, supervised by Dr Natalia Atfeh, Dr Abir Arkawi, Dr Okba Fakoush, Dr Hayan Saffour

Jury Comment:

A systematic and infrastructural design approach to store and distribute water. The concept design is clear and innovative in presentation. The use of material is very careful and considerate of the context.

It is a well-presented project in terms of vision and solutions. It seems there is a good understanding of the materials and technologies to be used in the project, and the designer have clearly explained the rationale behind the choices and considered factors such as sustainability, durability and appropriateness for historical context.

The project envisions the future of the landscape in the Orontes area. It is essential to recognise the significance of a transparent and well-explained research process that involves data collection, analysis, and interpretation. This transparency enhances and fosters a deep appreciation for context-aware design.

These functions and activities are crucial in sustaining agricultural productivity and promoting food security in rural Hama. This puts a strong foundation in shaping the project, which contributes meaningfully to the built environment in Syria.

The third prize winner is Majd Odeh from An-Najah National University in Palestine, supervised by Dr Hasan Al-Qadi

Jury Comment:

The project presents a narrative about the Palestinian storytelling museum in the village of Nabi Samuel, where residents suffer from very poor living conditions. The project research is clear and divides the project into 3 stages.

The conceptual and research process is very clear, demonstrating a linear form that embodies the stretch of a wall; however, the people moving through the space will transform the rigidity and fixity of the wall, turning it into a habitable space.

A well-presented project in terms of solutions. There could have been a better justification for materials and technologies to be used in the project, considering aspects such as sustainability, durability and appropriateness for the context and history. The interior could have been better studied regarding materials, lighting and the creation of unexpected spaces.

Honourable Mentions
*Honourable mentions are listed in no particular order

Alan Durst Edwabne from the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, supervised by Joaquin Mosquera Casares

Jury Comment:

The design proposal demonstrates a profound understanding of the ongoing pandemic’s impact and presents an inspiring vision for redesigning urban spaces. The designer adeptly integrates the healing power of nature to reconstruct connections between people and their surroundings. Through a comprehensive site analysis, the project exhibits a keen awareness of the context, environmental conditions, and relevant factors that significantly influence the design process.

The response to the proposal underscores its transformative role as a force for positive change. Advocating for low-tech design and context-aware solutions, the designer envisions an impactful experience transcending conventional approaches. The project aims to contribute meaningfully to the community, pushing boundaries to address challenges and fostering a rediscovery of humanity’s connection to nature. The reasoning behind design choices is clearly articulated, promoting reflection and offering a solution to reconnect with the environment harmoniously.

Dishan Rahman from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, supervised by Dr Md. Ashikur Rahman Joarder and Patrick D’ Rozario

Jury Comment:

The presented design proposal articulates a compelling conceptual framework dedicated to establishing a Child-Friendly Space. The primary objective is to enhance the social inclusion of Street Children in Dhaka City, functioning as a pivotal conduit for transitioning these individuals from a transient state to societal integration.

While the project draws inspiration from the commonplace beehive concept, it nonetheless introduces interesting spatial configurations, imparting a distinctive character to the treatment of form within the context of child-oriented design is noteworthy, as it reflects a nuanced awareness of the targeted demographic.

The design manifests an artful and playful articulation of an inclusive paradigm where children are afforded opportunities for engagement, shelter, and developmental maturation. Notably commendable is the thoughtful recognition that each child necessitates distinct modes of social interaction.

Heba Zakarnah from the University of Jordan, supervised by Professor Saleem Dahabreh

Jury Comment:

An impressive conceptual design skillfully blends formal and informal elements. The decision to create a formal space for informal users, like vendors, stands out as a positive approach. This transformation turns a neglected urban space into a lively community gathering and social interaction hub. Using lightweight materials for the structure is a wise choice, giving the design a unique identity and the potential to impact social dynamics in the city positively.

The urban intervention is robust, especially in its ability to rethink how self-organised communities and buildings interact, especially in informal markets. The proposal is clear and bold, focusing on second-hand products and suggesting different functions that encourage direct interaction between people and vendors. This design approach reflects a commitment to both practicality and improving the overall urban experience in Amman.

Nguyen Truong Duy from the University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City, supervised by Dr Pham Phu Cuong

Jury Comment:

The proposal effectively connects basalt and humans through an inspiring concept. The Geology Museum addresses the need to rebuild urban connections, considering the particular context and conducting a comprehensive site analysis.

Positioned on a rock cliff with a history of excavation, the project maximises the site’s depth and scale, incorporating the unique stratigraphic geomorphology of the basalt formation. The section highlights seamless connections between the exhibition, spaces, and the mine, emphasising the interplay of past and present, light and shadow.

Material selection demonstrates careful curation, emphasising contrast, context appropriateness, and aesthetic coherence. The project holds potential for Geo-tourism in Vietnam and is excellently presented, with a clear understanding of materials, technologies and a well-visualized technical realisation.

Trần Anh Tuấn from Hanoi Architectural University, supervised by Nguyen Trung Dung

Jury Comment:

The proposal effectively presents a compelling and well-informed approach by outlining contextual parameters, addressing key tensions, and aligning with contextual, environmental, user needs, and cultural aspects. The research question and rationale for selecting the Yen Bai project are elucidated.

While the project demonstrates aspiration and originality in responding to environmental and social challenges in Yen Bai, constructive considerations include examining the scale and potential impact on the sensitive context. Exploring lighter interventions, alternative materials, and innovative technologies could enhance the project’s suitability.

In terms of resolution, providing more detailed insights into the materials, technologies, and rationale behind design choices would be beneficial. This should take into account factors such as sustainability and appropriateness for the context. The technical realization is commendable, with clear visualisations in drawings and renderings.

The project succeeds in its serene and respectful assimilation into the natural surroundings, a crucial element in the design of tourist attractions in remote areas.

Vo Dong Nhu from the University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City, supervised by Dr Pham Phu Cuong

Jury Comment:

The proposal for a cultural activity centre in Bac Lieu Province, recognised as the Salt Capital, impressively integrates nature and modern life, creating a museum that preserves cultural heritage and emphasises the urgency of preserving natural resources like salt in rural areas of Vietnam.

The sustainable design approach addresses environmental issues using local materials and architectural techniques. The architecture, sensitive to the context, avoids disruptive interventions, leaving a lasting impression on the urban landscape and responding to the urgency of resource preservation.

The project reflects design excellence, functionality, community respect, and a clear understanding of materials, technologies, sustainability, and appropriateness for the context. However, the limited presentation of concept development is noted in an otherwise thorough site analysis and spatial development. Technical visualisation effectively conveys the design proposal.

Yasmin “Mohammad Hussein” Ali “Shawar Tamimi” from Palestine Polytechnic University, supervised by Fajr Tawayha

Jury Comment:

The proposal has crafted a beautiful piece of architecture that aims to evoke a ‘sense of place’ and a feeling of ‘home’ in a foreign environment. The thorough investigation of the site and the thoughtful choice of the title reflect the intention to create a mixed-use cultural space that doubles as a refuge, fostering a sense of belonging. However, there is a notable absence in showcasing the connection and accessibility of the ‘house’ to the broader context of the city, possibly intentionally to emphasise a deliberate separation.

highlights the intriguing compositions and resolutions in the interior spaces, emphasising the interplay of light and shadows. The well-defined circulation axis smoothly transitions from openness to semi-open and closed spaces, featuring captivating material choices. However, a noted concern suggests that the blending of masses and levels of topography may be somewhat fragmented, posing a challenge in comprehending the main functions from the exterior. The resolution acknowledges the project’s well-presented solutions, justifying material choices for sustainability and durability.

However, it raises a consideration about the appropriateness for the Italian context and history, questioning how the proposal integrates with the surrounding buildings. Despite this, the technical realization of the project is commended for its clarity and effectiveness in conveying the design proposal through drawings, renderings, and other graphical representations.

A special Award for the Top Graduation Project submitted by an Iraqi Student goes to Rand Safa’a AlDeen from the University of Technology, supervised by Dr Basim Hassan Hashim and Dr Anwar Subhi Ramadan. 
*This special award replaces the former Iraqi Graduation Projects Category. The recipient receives An MSc Scholarship at Coventry University. 

Jury Comment:

A proposal for an archaeological trip to Aqaraquf demonstrates a well-presented vision, albeit somewhat exaggerated in scale. The design prioritises various modes of transportation and focuses on intelligently organised, visually appealing spaces, seamlessly blending with the context.

The proposal addresses ventilation and shading and incorporates landscape and water features. Material choices are justified based on sustainability and appropriateness. While the technical realisation is clear in drawings and renderings, interior shots have room for improvement, especially in studying materials and lighting. Some details lack clarity, affecting visitor readability.

A powerful conservation project with a respectful design approach to nature transforms a neglected historic site into an archaeological space, offering the potential for other activities like galleries and theatres. However, the connection and accessibility to the city could have been analysed more thoroughly.

Architecture School of the Year goes to the University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City for its four entries in the Top 20, with two Honourable Mentions.

Supervisor of the Year goes to Pham Phu Cuong from the University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City for supervising two of the Top 20 finalists and two of the Honourable Mentions.

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. SPECIAL AWARD: An MSc Scholarship at Coventry University. A special Award will be given to the Top Graduation Project submitted by an Iraqi Student. This special prize replaces the former Iraqi Graduation Projects Category.
  8. 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).

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.

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