The Bartlett School of Architecture


Bartlett student wins Provost's Public Engagement Award

7 June 2018

Nicola Antaki has won the 2018 Provost’s Public Engagement Award in the student category.

Mumbai students stand outside with their anti-mosquito banners

PhD student Nicola Antaki was presented with a Provost's Public Engagement Award on 6 June to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the UCL Public Engagement Unit. Her practice-led research explores how architecture can be considered a teaching device and how children can be involved in designing their learning environment.

Since 2012, Nicola has been running an annual series of workshops for primary school children in Mumbai. Using a range of techniques from photography and craft to writing and role play, the students have become involved in the transformation of their school. The selection panel stated that they were hugely impressed by how Nicola’s ‘public engagement activity evolved over time to give children a voice in the design of their own environment’. 

About Nicola Antaki

Nicola Antaki is a Bartlett PhD student who currently works as an architect at the practice We Made That. Nicola has taught architecture at Nottingham University and designed sustainable schools at Cottrell and Vermeulen architecture practice.

Nicola is also co-founder of biennial FOCUS Photography Festival in Mumbai, which makes city art accesible to everyone through public interventions.

A child draws on fabric in his school in Mumbai