The Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is launching an architect in residence programme in an industry-first collaboration with The RIBA Journal (RIBAJ).
The competition, entitled ‘Time to Reflect’, will see the hotel invite six prestigious RIBA chartered architects for a week-long residency, based on a proposal tendered to The RIBA Journal. It is intended to provide the winners with time to escape from the daily home-office or work routine, experiencing life from a different perspective.
A panel of judges chosen for their unique specialisations across the arts and architecture, will select the winning submissions.
During the residency, architects will
have the opportunity to base themselves at the hotel in The Shard – one of London’s most recognisable architectural landmarks. Upon departure, they will leave behind a piece of work – either a sketch or prose – inspired by their stay, to be displayed in the hotel’s public spaces to celebrate the programme.
“With people having led such atomised lives over the past year, the ‘Time to Reflect’ competition is a welcome shot in the arm for architects,” said Jan-Carlos Kucharek, acting deputy editor of RIBA Journal. “A chance to explode back onto the social scene of the capital or luxuriously self-indulge from their cloud-piercing eyrie.”
Winners will be announced at the beginning of June, and residencies will
take place at the hotel between September 2021 and September 2022.