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Student wins inaugural award celebrating practice founder
6th December 2017

A Part 1 student from Broadway Malyan’s Reading studio has become the first recipient of a new award created in memory of one of the practice’s founders.

Jack Glasspool was presented with The John Malyan Award by his widow Pauline at a ceremony at the practice’s Weybridge studio which was also attended by his daughters, Group Chairman Stuart Rough and director Jeremy Salmon, who organized the event.

The award was created following the death of practice founder John Malyan MBE in 2016 and celebrates design excellence by the practice’s student architects and urban designers.

Jack became the first winner of the award after he won the practice’s most recent student design competition – Passenger 2069 – where entrants were asked to imagine touristic travel 50 years from now.

A shortlist from submissions from the practice’s Birmingham, Singapore, Lisbon, Warsaw and Mumbai studios was chosen by a panel of directors with the winning students then flying to Miami where they presented their ideas to a panel from Broadway Malyan client Royal Caribbean.

Jack’s winning submission was entitled ‘How Green is Your Passport?’ and imagined a world where carbon credits earned through sustainable living bought you a place on a drifting network of vessels, each with their own evolving eco-system.

Group Chairman Stuart Rough said the new award was a fitting legacy for the practice founder who had been so instrumental in developing the careers of countless colleagues at Broadway Malyan.

He said: “John Malyan was a towering figure at the practice and a real pioneer of his generation with a passion for elegant and uncomplicated architecture.

“I was lucky enough to have worked with John in the early days of my career and he was a hugely important mentor to me and a number of other colleagues who are still at the practice, not just in terms of  design but also the important social role of the architect, a cause he championed throughout his career through roles on the National House Building Council and on the RIBA Council.

“John was also involved with the school of architecture at Kingston University and so we felt that an award that celebrated the young talent at Broadway Malyan and reinforced the ethos of nurture and support that he worked so hard to create over almost 40 years at the practice would be a suitable memorial to a truly inspirational man.”

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