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RIBA Prize press release on University of Brighton's Website

Updated: Jan 9, 2018

RIBA South East Degree Prize article.


A University of Brighton student’s design for a pavilion to showcase Brighton’s Volk’s Railway won a top prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

15 August 2017

Mario Alcantara Monteiro, studying BA(Hons) Architecture, envisaged the pavilion as a public space and transport hub to bring life to the area. The RIBA judges praised its “strong bold graphic style”.

Mario’s pavilion in Madeira Drive would showcase the maintenance of Volk’s Railway, the world’s oldest functioning electric railway.

He collected RIBA’s Degree Prize for excellence and received a certificate and a cheque for £200. The prize, which celebrates the talent of architecture students at the University, is awarded by RIBA’s Sussex Branch, which represents nearly 800 architects across East and West Sussex.

Mario, who is from Lisbon, attended the Escola Secundária Pedro Nunes and Bath Academy. He has just completed his three-year Part 1 course towards qualifying as an architect, which in the United Kingdom takes at least seven years.

Mario, 23, received his Prize from Paul Zara, Chair of RIBA Sussex Branch.



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