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!