On the occasion of the annual RIBA President’s Medals, James Wignall, from the Royal College of Art, received the SOM Foundation 2010 Fellowship Award, which is given to a student who has completed the RIBA Part 2 course of study at a school of Architecture in the United Kingdom. James' submission is entitled "Port of London Authority (The Rise and Fall of the Icon)". James describes his background as follows:
"I grew up in the North of England starting out at a Catholic school in Yorkshire. I then went on to train in Architecture at The Royal College of Art, The University of New South Wales and The University of Nottingham. I have been lucky enough to win numerous awards and scholarships during this time including the SOM Travelling Fellowship, the 2010 RIBA Silver Medal Commendation, and the RCA Sustain Award. I have also had work featured in the V&A, RIBA and The RA Summer Show 2010."
"With my fellowship, I am planning on spending some time at the Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust. This will give me an insight into the traditional craft of stone carving and give me an understanding of the unique material that was used to build the great St Paul's Cathedral. My creative interest lies in combining the three disciplines of Architecture, Design and Sculpture. My primary focus is on materials, both natural and man-made, newly invented and recycled. I am also interested in mixing traditional craftsmanship with modern technologies, and try to produce pieces of great originality and beauty through thoughtful and inventive experimentation and manipulation of a wide variety of materials, from stained glass to cast iron."
"I am currently looking for further design commissions through my newly established design studio Wignall&Moore , which has just had its first US commission in New Hampshire. I aim to take my creative understanding of materials and space into works of a grander scale and hopefully around the world."