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22 July 2017
24 October 2016
Architecture students win Swiss competition
Architecture students win Swiss competition

Rory Sheppard, Ruelle

MADA Master of Architecture students have won two top prizes in APCd Fondation’s “Micro-Logement” architecture design competition.

Working with MADA Lecturer Maud Cassaignau, students Rory Sheppard and Jennifer Mu created proposals for modern living spaces that could be constructed in Fribourg, Switzerland’s “old city” while, critically, respecting the city’s historical setting.

Rory was awarded the top prize of 3000CHF (about $4000) for his “Ruelle” (“Alley”) and received commendation for “its strong identity”.

Jennifer’s “Between the Lines” placed second. She was congratulated on the “clarity of her arrangement” and will receive 2000CHF (about $2600).

Impressively, Rory and Jennifer’s work was recognised as standing above submissions from local Swiss architecture students – students from HEIA (Haute école d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Fribourg) and EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) could also submit to the competition.

APCd Fondation will now begin the process to obtain the necessary permits from Fribourg’s heritage authority that would allow development of Rory’s winning proposal. Should the permits be granted, Rory will have the opportunity to work with a Swiss-based architect to transform his proposal into reality.

Maud Cassaignau was enthusiastic about their win. “I’m really proud of Rory and Jennifer. It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to work on a real project in Switzerland and Rory will learn a lot from the creative minds at APCd.”

An exhibition of all of the entries received will be presented at APCd Fondation later in 2016.


The APCd Fondation (2015) succeeded the Galerie APCd (1984), expanding their reputation as a major centre of contemporary art exhibition into new areas of research and implementation. http://www.apcd-fondation.com/

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