Michael Ramage, Fellow and Director of Studies in Architecture, and colleagues Peter Rich (South Africa) and John Ochsendorf (MIT) have been awarded a silver medal in the International Prize for Sustainable Architecture for their Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in South Africa.

The prize recognises 'internationally high-quality architecture with regards to location, task and the use of sustainable means'.

The jury's final report praised the team for a successful marriage of design - using vaulting (see photograph) to reduce the thermal impact of the hot local climate - and local materials which could be worked by local labour. 'The project', the jury concluded, 'is well integrated with the local context, successfully dialoguing with the various environmental, cultural and social implications involved in construction of a building, generating the image of architecture authentically rooted in the place.'

The medal will be presented at a special ceremony in Ferrara, Italy, on 6 June.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2011.

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