Sophie Leemans, architecture intern at TSPA was awarded with the Jef Van Ranst Prize

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Our our dear colleague and architecture intern, Sophie Leemans was awarded with the Jef Van Ranst Price 2019 for the free-hand design sketches that form part of her master thesis master thesis “Adaptive architecture and flood permitting cities”. The award ceremony took place during the Flemish Architecture Festival as part of the symposium “Drawing Attention” on 25th September in Ghent.

Sophie Leemans (*1996) is a recent graduate in the Master in Architecture at KU Leuven University campus Sint-Lucas Brussel where she finished summa cum laude and was laureate of the master’s programme. She joined TSPA in 2019 to support several projects as an intern.She has worked on urban flooding and the positive impact water can have on the daily life in the city.

The Jef Van Ranst Price is awarded annually exclusively for students from all Flemish architectural education institutions, one Bachelor’s and one Master’s degree student. Each institution submits work of two Bachelor’s and two Master’s degree students and a professional jury selects the prize-winners within the lines of free-hand design sketches, the process drawing and the drawing as a means of communication.

Architect Jef Van Ranst (one of the founders of SVR-ARCHITECTS) had a dream: getting young talent back to drawing. Drawing, by hand, as an expression of a thinking, doing or design process rather than the drawing as an artistic artifact.

The jury consisted of Tony Fretton (Tony Fretton Architects), Inge Vinck (Architects de vylder vinck taillieu), Dirk Somers (Bovenbouw Architecture) and Philippe Van Goethem (SVR-ARCHITECTS) Picture Sophie Leemans and Philippe Van Goethem (Architect & Partner SVR-ARCHITECTS).



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