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Year 1


In the final year of undergraduate study, students write a dissertation on a topic of their choice relating to architecture. Topics cover a variety of academic disciplines and locations. 

Listed here are titles from this year’s dissertations:

‘Bodija Market, Ibadan, Nigeria: A Dissection of a Living Organism. Investigating how Bodija Market Acts Embodies a Spatial Microcosm of Nigerian Societal Values’

Feran Olanrewaju  Recipient of the David Roberts Memorial Prize for outstanding dissertation

‘Horticulture and Imperialism: Gardens as Colonial Apparatus in British Singapore, 1819-1919’

Max Cooper Clark

‘The Queer Critique of Modern Architecture and Urban Development Exemplified by the Work of Horace Gifford for the Gay Inhabitants of Fire Island Pines’

Bryan Ho

‘The Spatial Inequality and Alienating Urban Condition of the Greater Paris Region ‘

Neha Sreekumar

‘The Olympic legacy: Gentrification of Hackney Wick, London‘

Freya Robson

‘From Solid to Liquid: the Changing Material State of Surveillance ‘

Zoe Cavendish

‘A Vision for Better Places; Grappling with Traffic on Old Kent Road’

Oleg Korolov

‘The Ecological Horizons of Dwelling: Land-use Principles and Practice in the Central Andes’

Emma de Salis Young

‘Heritage and Modernity: Bahrain's Pearling Path Project as a Case Study for the Mediation of National Identity and Tourism ‘

Charlotte Heeley

‘The Apparition of Attendance: The Durham Miner's Gala and the Performative Haunting of Memory ‘

Christian Swallow

‘Healing the Divide: Transforming the Material Legacy of Spain’s Civil War in Response to Evolving Memory Demands of Contemporary Society’

Harriet Fearon

‘Blacklisting the Black Belt: Exploring Methods of Community Revitalisation in Spatially Stigmatised Communities’

Zoe Gyamfi

‘Through the Lens of Orientalism: The Image of London's Chinatown’

Kevin He

‘FESTAC: Trajectories of a Housing Project in Lagos’ 

Semilore Delano

‘Jewish Urbanism: The Role of the Street in the Formation of Tel Aviv’s Cultural Identity in the 20th Century’

Grisha Kirby

Illusions of Grandeur: How the Stage Design of Kanye West's Yeezus Tour Renders a Fully Immersive Experience

Danny Martin

‘Brand New Day: Urban Marginalisation, Social Housing and the Identity of Grime in Bow, East London’

Nabil Haque 

‘Oriental City: Essentialising Ethnic Communities in London's Urban Periphery through Planning and Protest ‘

Henry Aldridge

‘How Can the NoMA Area of Washington, D.C.'s Patterns of Gentrification be Understood as an Intersection of Racialised Place-making and Neoliberal Policy? ‘

Tochi Onuora

‘The Romanian Gypsy Palace - a Work-in-Progress? ‘

Smaranda Rusinaru

‘The Emergence of Social Housing as a Colonial Device in Hong Kong in 1950s’

Tiffany Lee

‘Europe's First Eco-Mosque: The Cambridge Central Mosque's New Perspective on Sustainability and British Mosque Design’

Rify Hossain

‘Forgetting at Freshkills: The Landfill to Park Transformation as a Monument to Contested Memory in Contemporary New York’

Isabel Mathers

‘Preparing Children and Young People for Participation in Planning and Design. The Practice of Built Environment Education in Bulgaria’

Stefana Kuzmova

Reconciling with Traditions: Expressing National Essence in China's Modern Architecture

Claire Zhang

‘Trap of the Momentum: The Antagonism Between the Centre and the Periphery is Being Further Emphasised by New Projects Since 2011. Is Moscow Moving Towards Being a City Comfortable for Life?’

Margarita Kobrina

‘Magic Machines: The influence of Agitational Performance on the Architecture of the Vesnin Brothers’ Cultural Kombinats’ 

Anastasiia Kalinina

‘Growing Old, Apart and Together : Senior Cohousing as a Facilitator for Meaningfulness in the Third Age and Beyond’

Joanna Lake

‘The Podium-Tower Typology: Manifestation of Compact Urbanism in Hong Kong through Union Square, Kowloon’

Jennifer Wong

‘Fengshui as a Social-Cultural Paradigm in Taiwanese Architecture: A Study Through Two 20th Century Archetypes’

Billy Chen