Kamal Ranchod Regional winner at the 34th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards 2021
Kamal Ranchod has come a long way since a book that illustrated the work of famous Catalan Modernism proponent Antoni Gaudi inspired him to study architecture. His final-year thesis, ‘Hyperreal Perspicuities: Multi-Narrative Reconstructions of Modern Egypt’ saw Kamal Ranchod win the first regional event of the 34th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards in a virtual ceremony on 27 November 2020. The prestigious Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year
Awards selects regional winners from eight major universities, based on the students’ final theses. The regional winners then go through to the national round, where the top title is awarded in May the next year, in addition to a R70 000 grand prize. “It was a great honour and privilege to be considered among so many other incredible projects,” he says. “The awards offered an opportunity to share the work and create awareness around the ideas of the different projects with so many different people. This
The Shepheard’s reconstruction generates a radiating non-linear grid from the vanishing point of central photo. Through bricolage different sources and mediums of information into spatial narratives are embedded within the building. This process projects the embedded histories and narratives across its life, giving us a glimpse of the complicated history embedded within the site.
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