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UEL architecture lecturer enjoys double victory in Doha and Moscow

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Football World Cup and modern life inspire winning designs

University of East London (UEL) architecture lecturer Alex Scott-Whitby (pictured left, in Doha) has won two prestigious competitions in the space of a few weeks. 

His studio, ScottWhitbyStudio, was announced as the winner of the 2016 Unlimited Doha Design Prize, which is run by the British Council, at the end of March.

Then, on 13 April, his Moscow-based team, AdjoubeiScottWhitby Studio, won an international competition to design public areas at a series of residential developments in the Russian capital. 

“It’s been a busy couple of weeks and we are delighted with both competition wins,” said Alex.

“What is really nice is that both schemes, while geographically disparate, are closely linked in spirit. They are about making the urban realm a better place for all.

“From children playing cricket in Doha to young urban professionals jogging in Moscow, our aim was to make both cities more open and accessible for all. We now look forward to realising both projects in the coming few years.”
The winning Doha scheme, named A City of Play, fought off competition from 21 designers to be crowned overall winner following a week-long competition.

A City of Play takes its inspiration from the forthcoming 2022 football World Cup, which will be staged in Qatar. 
It puts education and family at the heart of the city, with public spaces transformed to bring Doha’s historic past to life.

As competition winners, the ScottWhitbyStudio will receive a grant worth £15,000 to develop the project proposal during the coming year. 

Alex’s winning Moscow project looks to merge 21st century technology with an understanding of Moscow’s city context.

“Work will begin in the autumn and our role is to design and curate a series of linked new public spaces between a development aimed at first-time buyers and home owners on the outskirts of Moscow,” Alex said.