Date of release: Monday, December 12, 2016

A bold design for a new urban centre has earned a University of Greenwich student a prestigious award.

Lucian Mocanu's work, New Greenwich Civic Centre: A Transformative Architecture, has won the Bronze Medal Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing. The award is part of the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) Presidents Medals 2016.

Tutored by Rahesh Ram and Tom Noonan, from the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, Lucian's project won the drawing award for a Part-1 student. Samiur Rahman, also from Greenwich, received a commendation for his work, Nuclear NOW!

Lucian says: "The project seeks to question the very nature of Greenwich's relationship with the past by proposing an alternative, a new modern civic centre that unashamedly caters for the modern age. It places adaptation, flexibility and modern technology at the centre of its agenda."

RIBA President, Jane Duncan, adds: "Congratulations to our medal winners. I'm delighted to see the breadth of talent from across the globe recognised through these awards, now celebrating their 180th anniversary. The winners are talents to watch - I can't wait to see what they go on to achieve."

To celebrate Lucian and Samiur's success, the university's Department of Architecture & Landscape is holding an exhibition of all of the nominations in the Stockwell Street Project Space.The show opens today (Monday 12 December) with a private show tomorrow. It ends on 7 January 2017.

The 2016 RIBA President's Medals exhibition is open until 5 February 2017. First awarded in 1836, the medals reward talent, promote innovation, and encourage excellence in the study of architecture worldwide. This year, 275 entries were received from 87 schools of architecture in 33 countries.

For more on studying architecture at the University of Greenwich, see here.

Story by Public Relations.