KSAP Unit 4 student Lisa Edwards achieves a commendation in the RIBA Silver Medal!

December 03, 2020

Congratulations to Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) Unit 4 student, Lisa Edwards, on being awarded a commendation in the RIBA Silver Medal 2020!

The RIBA Silver Medal is a prestigious International Award for the best student project across RIBA recognised Universities worldwide. Lisa has been recognised for excellent work and awarded a commendation, which is a remarkable achievement, given the high standard across elite Institutions.

Matthew Woodthorpe and Ben Corrie from MWAI are Unit Leader and Technical Tutor for Lisa. This year Unit 4 tackled the subject of ‘Climate Change & Activism’.

Lisa’s project, ‘Reimagining the Sento’ portends catastrophic climate change in Japan, resulting in population displacement towards Tokyo. A new disaster relief centre provides temporary refuge, shared community space and employment opportunity for the displaced families. The scheme aims to sustain the social value of the traditional Japanese bathhouse (Sento) and actively encourage integration between those displaced and their host communities, providing a sanctuary and social interface.

The proposal repurposes an existing apartment building earmarked for demolition, combined with a new Sento (bathhouse). It explored water lifecycles, uses reclaimed components from Japan’s abandoned homes (Akiya), local materials, traditional construction methods, aggregate replacement, and application of seismic technology.

See her portfolio here:https://www.mwai.co.uk/project/kent-march-lisa-edwards-2020

We wish Lisa every success for her future career. Well done Lisa!

Dat Liu leading our learning

November 22, 2020

Dat Liu has been leading the way on CDP and training at MWAI over the summer. The CDP programme focuses largely on historical context and sustainability – ensuring that our staff are up to speed on the relevant industry legislation, policy and published information.

RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2020. Confronting the Climate Emergency

October 02, 2020

MWAI recently attended the ‘RIBA Smart Practice Conference 2020’ which, due to COVID19 epidemic, was organised by the RIBA as an online seminar. The conference was convened in response to the recently published ‘RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide 2019’ and provided a balanced, informative series of short talks prepared by a variety of expert practitioners and clients in the field of sustainability.

The format was very successful (if a little long!) and MWAI came away from the Seminars with useful knowledge but also feeling inspired and energised. Well done RIBA! Leading the way. Anders Lendager’s work on the circular economy was particularly inspiring.

MWAI intend to use conferences such as this as a platform to inspire out clients and bring practical, sustainable solutions to our work. 

mayfair apartment completed

July 01, 2020

We have reimagined this small one-bedroom apartment in a Mayfair Mansion block for a busy, professional who wanted a minimalist, uncluttered ‘pied-a-terre’ while working in London and internationally.

The apartment was old and tired on purchase, and the previous configuration did not make the most of its best attributes. To create an elegant, efficient footprint we removed and replaced all the walls, floors and ceilings and remade the apartment making the most of the limited space available.


The main challenge was to maximise the useable space; therefore, a lot of attention was given to minimising the footprint of the WC and kitchen by incorporating them into a cleverly configured wet room in the centre of the plan.  The reconfigured WC is now accessed off the bedroom, using a pivoting flush door to separate the rooms, and the kitchen is seamlessly panelled into the room wall lining. To keep the interior sleek yet functional, we developed bespoke concealed storage and collaborated with specialist joiners to create a specifically crafted kitchen and living room cabinetry, complete with a folding work desk.



out and about. MWAI travel to Venice.

November 07, 2019

MWAI travel to Italy to explore the beautiful city of Venice


Last November, we took a trip to Venice to explore the beautiful Venetian architecture and visit the Art Biennale. We had the chance to explore the work of some of the world’s best architects, including Palladio, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando and Carlo Scarpa.


A highlight was Scarpa's Olivetti showroom. We loved the hand-cut marble floors and his overwhelming attention to detail, well worth a visit! 


To see photos of our travel highlights, head to our Instagram feed