Student Design Competition for Yele Music Studio, Haiti


Christopher Morgan from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Second place winner
Tak Kei Yip, a RIBA Part II student at Foster + Partners, London

Third place winner
Christopher Bradley, a Post Part 1 Experience student at Norton Mayfield Architects LLP, Sheffield

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The purpose of the Design Ideas Competition is to enable the realisation of a new music studio in Cité Soleil, Haiti, for Wyclef Jean’s Charity Yelé Haiti. This competition is being organised by RIBA Competitions and is supported and sponsored by John McAslan + Partners and Allied London.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International, Idea/Project, Students, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Architecture
Country Cité Soleil, Haiti
Registration Deadline 9 March 2010 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 12 March 2010 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility Submissions are invited from architecture students in the UK and internationally who have not yet completed their RIBA Part 3 studies (or equivalent professional competence qualification in their country of study). Students studying for GCSE and A-levels (or international equivalent) in design-related subjects are also invited to enter.

Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere, with many of Haiti’s 8 million residents living on less than US$1 per day. Unemployment is close to 80 percent, and more than half the population is under 21 years old.

Yelé Haiti was founded by Haitian-born, Grammy-Award winning musician and record producer Wyclef Jean, formerly of The Fugees. Yelé Haiti is a grassroots movement which aims to raise global awareness for Haiti and transform the country through the regeneration of forgotten neighbourhoods and programmes in education, sports, the arts and environment. As Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti, Jean’s enduring passion is to help his country’s youthful population to rebuild their nation.

The music studio will combine recording of music and radio programming with vocational training, micro-enterprise opportunities and job creation for at-risk youth in the area. The studio is a joint venture between Yelé Haiti, Sak Pasé Records (Wyclef Jean’s own record label) and Radio Boukman, a popular community radio station in Cité Soleil that shares a boundary with the site.

Wyclef Jean / Musician and record producer (Founder, Yéle Haiti)
Hugh Locke / Yéle Haiti (President)
John McAslan / John McAslan + Partners (Chairman)

TECHNICAL JURY (provide recommendations on 1st Stage Submissions)
Adrian Campbell / Arup (Director, Building Sustainability Group)
Philippe Leon / Executive Architect in Haiti
Andy Meira / John McAslan + Partners (acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser)

A Prize Fund of £1,000 will be available for the Jury Panel to apportion amongst the finalists at their discretion.

Each interview attendee will be offered a reimbursement of expenses of up to GBP £150 (maximum) towards the costs of attending the interview, or travelling to an appropriate video conferencing facility.

Post-competition commitment & Intention to Build
Following the conclusion of the competition, Yéle Haiti intends to start work on the new Music Studio in Cité Soleil as soon as is practicable. The winning student will be invited to collaborate on developing their design ideas with the Haitian-based executive architect responsible for realising and delivering the project.

Entry Fee

Two A3 sheets

Submission Address
Yéle Music Studio Competition
RIBA Competitions
6 Melbourne Street

Finalists notified: Mon. 29 March 2010
Interviews with finalists: W/c 12 April 2010 (provisional)
Announcement of result: W/c 19 April 2010

Yele Haiti and RIBA

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