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Architecture graduate is awarded RIBA prize for excellence

Architecture graduate Elliot Afoke, who studied BA (Hons) Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Canterbury School of Architecture, has been awarded a prize for excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

Elliot who comes from Port Louis in Mauritius was awarded the prize for his economic activists’ market in Hungary. The Prize, which celebrates the talent of architecture students at UCA, was awarded by RIBA Canterbury & District Branch, which represents around two-hundred and fifty architects across East Kent. Elliott received his Prize from Danka Stefan, Branch Chair, at the School of Architecture’s End of Year Show of students’ work.

The judges were impressed with Elliott’s project, which visualises a bazaar in Budapest. The bazaar is run by activists who oppose Viktor Orbán, the current Prime Minister of Hungary, and his failure to improve the country’s economy and therefore the citizens’ living standards. His opponents envisage a self-sufficient society, achieved through plans to regenerate the area around Budapest. A dynamic underground economy would delegitimise Orbán’s government. Elliott designed an outer market, to be packed with street vendors; and an inner market, for an auction house for luxury goods.

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