The winner of Lacasa’s competition for senior architecture students to design a school for Palestine has been announced.
First place went to Mrnalini Rithika, a student at the School of Architecture and Design at the Manipal University’s Dubai campus,
Lacasa founder Emad Jaber explained why she had won. “I was looking at the approach to the project from each entrant. I was very impressed with her attention to detail, her approach to sustainability and the idea of courtyards being a feature of the design.
“The winner showed her knowledge of Palestine’s heritage and culture – and even the climate and the way natural light can be used. It was a very mature approach to design.”
Rithika now will see her design being built and will be joining the company.
“I feel great,” she said. “It was an amazi9ng journey, but also a lot of hard work. I had great support from my faculty, from my family and friends – now I would like to join Lacasa and see my design being built.”
She said she felt the school will be a great benefit to Palestine and its people.
“I want the pupils to feel unity and pride when they attend classes,” Rithka added. “I want to help them to feel free and create a national identity.”
The competition was in three parts with students submitting an initial concept followed by a detailed design with thorough specifications.
The three finalists then made a presentation in front of the panel of judges.
Second place went to Iman Hussein, while Nour Djellali was third.
Hussein said: “To be recognised among the top three was enough. It has made me very happy.”