Architecture competition Gauja National Park Footbridge Honorable mention - Bryce Suite and Rūta Daubure

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winner of the Honorable mention of our “Gauja National Park Footbridge ” competition - Bryce Suite and Rūta Daubure from United KIngdom!

GNPF honorable mention from United KIngdom

Bryce Suite and Rūta Daubure from United KIngdom

Bryce is a designer currently residing in London. He received his BA in Architecture from the University of Kentucky and MArch from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He has previously worked at studios in Chicago, New York City, and currently works for Diller Scofidio + Renfro. He has been a guest critic and lecturer at the Architectural Association, Royal College of Art, Pratt Institute, and is a former Associate in Architecture at Columbia.

Rūta is a graphic designer for film and television currently residing in London. She received her BA in Illustration at Camberwell College of Art UAL. Initially starting off as an illustrator, Rūta is now working in a film and television art department designing graphic props and elements of sets such as wallpaper, patterns, and signage.

Collectively, we have worked on exhibitions, films, houses, concert halls, paintings, bridges, parks, prints, follies, television shows, and schools. Bryce is currently working on a public space and a music venue. Rūta has just finished working on a historical drama web television series and is now working on a feature film.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

We see cross-disciplinary collaboration as a key to unlocking new rules to the architecture game. Architects are constantly dealing with the paradox of the profession: It’s one of the strongest modes of economic production but one of the weakest forms of art. Perhaps if these two aspects were accepted, architects could get on with creating radical spaces rather than radical form, spaces for the public not the privileged.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Competitions are about exercising your muscles and trying to beat your peers. There really is no better way to hone your skills than to be shut away in a room with collaborators discussing brazen ideas and acting on them. A completed competition entry will often exemplify the soul of an architectural idea untarnished by the decision committees of the real world.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?

Quickly understand the scope of the project, the design work, and the deliverables. If it feels too big, it probably is. Ask yourself if the project means anything to you. If it does, and your team has the capacity, don’t wait until the last minute.

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