Alumnus Tszwai So wins prize for memorial proposal

by Fiona Gilsenan

tszwai so memorial prize winner

Architect Tszwai So, who completed his MSt in Building History at Wolfson last year, has won another prize for his work on a proposal for a Pan-European memorial.

tszwai so memorial prize winner

The prize was awarded in an international design competition, held by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, for a memorial to all victims of 20th century totalitarianism in Europe. The winning proposal, which was based on thousands of letters written by victims of totalitarianism, was selected from 39 anonymous submissions and the jury included Norman Foster and Pentagon Memorial designers Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman. The memorial will be erected on the Place Jean Rey in Brussels. 

A co-founder and director of London-based Spheron Architects, Tszwai So is  also a trustee of the Heritage Trust Network. He qualified as an architect in the UK, having graduated from the University of Hong Kong, where he was awarded the Ho Fook Prize in Architecture in 2003. He is passionate about heritage assets which hold our collective memories and sees their re-utilisation as a sustainable way of developing our towns and cities, the reason he decided to study for an MSt in Building History at Wolfson, Cambridge.

Previously awarded the People's Choice category in the New London Architecture Awards and the RIBA London Award 2017, last year, Tszwai was also the recipient of the RIBA Journal Rising Star Award 2016, and AIA UK Young Architect Award 2017. His built projects have been published worldwide and have received major architectural awards, commendations or nominations.