The Bartlett School of Architecture


Bartlett Graduate Wins Interior Architecture Award in Global Design Graduate Show

29 October 2020

Congratulations to Matthew Simpson, Architecture BSc, who was recognised in the inaugural online show, created by ARTSTHREAD, i-D/Vice Media and Gucci.

'An Ode To Apollo' - Matthew Simpson

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the international Global Design Graduate Show (GDGS) was launched to showcase 2019-20 graduates of programmes across the full spectrum of art and design. Awards were given in a variety of categories, including Interior Architecture.

Matthew’s winning project, ‘An Ode to Apollo’, is a centre for research in acoustics and musical production, platforming both creative and scientific studies of sound. In defiance of the unrelenting roar of the neighbouring elevated-railway, the facility is a prototype in how we might occupy such acoustically-challenged pockets of the built environment. Contained within this architecture of attenuation, a series of inhabitable music chambers celebrate and amplify the weird and wonderful dynamics of sound and space.

Matthew studied in Unit UG8 and won The Bartlett Year 3 Portfolio Prize. He aims to study Architecture MArch at The Bartlett. He is also a musician and filmmaker, and combines his understanding of these disciplines in his work.

I am deeply grateful to the judges and staff at i-D and Artsthread for considering my thesis project, and including it amongst the winners. Particularly after such a testing bookend to my degree, receiving this award as well as The Bartlett portfolio prize has been a welcome and validating experience.

Credit is owed to The Bartlett’s inimitably encouraging, creative and vibrant community. I sincerely hope my reverence for the school, staff, professors, and my peers has been evident in my output and enthusiasm throughout my degree. To have been afforded a place at The Bartlett is a privilege that has never been lost on me  – any additional good fortune is icing.

-    Matthew Simpson

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