MArch graduate takes top prize for architecture at Royal Academy summer show

Parliamentary Campus of God’s own CountryMatthew Bloomfield has been awarded the £10,000 top prize for architecture at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition for his MArch project ‘Parliamentary Campus of God’s own Country’.

Matthew graduated from the MArch Architecture at the Sheffield School of Architecture in June 2017 and now works as a Part 2 architectural assistant at Allies and Morrison. His project has been selected for the prestigious Turkish Ceramics Grand Award for Architecture.

Matthew’s work proposes a Parliament building for the Independent Nation State of Yorkshire, alongside a range of leisure facilities and essential services which aim to increase and enrich democratic functionality. Matthew’s vision includes a political assembly building, as well as a range of civic spaces, a shopping precinct, community refectory, greyhound track, sports facilities and homes. With the provision of such a range of facilities in one place, a hybrid campus is delivered which unifies political, social, commercial and leisure uses, creating an ideal model of civic life and more accountable, more engaged politics.

Matthew said “The opportunity to exhibit my work alongside architects that I admire and look to for inspiration was something to celebrate in itself. Therefore, winning the award came as a complete surprise to me, especially in light of the previous roster of winners who have all been well established names in the architectural profession. I'm very grateful to both the Royal Academy and Turkish Ceramics for this recognition, and it certainly proves those late nights model-making have been time well spent.”

The piece was praised by the judges as “wonderfully crafted, reflecting a complex, futuristic vision of architecture and urban planning that doesn’t use the traditional language of the genre, and an experimentation that touches upon issues such as infrastructure and landscaping for urban settings.”

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, featuring 1,300 artworks, has been brought together by chief curator Grayson Perry and coincides with the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations. This year, the Summer Exhibition’s Architecture Room has been selected by architect and Royal Academician Piers Gough. Gough encouraged architects to enter three-dimensional works of all sizes and scales into the annual open call, and has created a room filled with architectural models.

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