The award-winning design studio Woods Bagot has recognized three graduates of SCI-Arc with the first ever Woods Bagot Prize, which comes with a $20,000 check as well as the offer of a position at any of the firm's 15 studios. According to the firm, the prize was created to support the Southern California school in preparing the next generation to push the boundaries of architecture.
The inaugural winners were graduate students Mikiko Takasago from Japan, M. Arch 1, José Carlos García, from Mexico M. Arch 2, and undergraduate Luciano Menghini, B. Arch from Italy. The decision was based on portfolio reviews sponsored by the firm, the thesis work for which can be seen below.
Takasago's thesis, No Thing, explored what her own tomb might look like in the year 2088.
Jose Carlos Garcia thesis, Super-Entity, on the other hand, centered around the design for a commercial building in DTLA and how orthographic projection is a key representation of this typology.
Lastly, Menghini's undergratuate thesis was a project for The Museum of the Twentieth Century in the Berlin Kulturforum which investigated the corridor typology and reconfigured the classical enfilade organization of a museum.
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