RIBA Silver Medal 2020 Commendation
Masters graduate Daniel Tihanyi was amongst the winners of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2020 President’s Medals, the annual awards for the world’s best student architecture projects.
Daniel was awarded a commendation in the RIBA Silver Medal category for his work Preservation & Enhancement: Vision for a Yemeni Mountain Settlement.
Yemen's fascinating and diverse architecture gradually revealed itself to me over a year of research, and it clearly has so much more to offer. The almost unfathomable spectrum of building styles and traditional architectural solutions employed across the country is something that needs to be celebrated, and with the current conflicts affecting most of the population, it is now even more important to highlight the incredible culture of this region.
The proposals' key objective is to enhance settlements through the key themes of healthcare, education, community, and economy, utilising the pre-existing, incredible traditional building knowledge that Yemen and its people maintain in their identity...
The scheme highlighted how even relatively simple interventions can generate great impact, and how the existing traditional building techniques, and the incredible way of Yemeni life and culture can take centre stage, even today.