International Student Team Places Second in Competition "A Memorial for the Martyrs of Paphos, Cyprus"

"Youth Space & Urban Transformation” was the topic of the 2-day student charrette organized at the AIA Continental Europe International Conference and Chapter Meeting held in Kosovo in April 2018. It was through this competition that we got to know AIA CE and to gain valuable experience while working with the competition mentors and, to later receive the golden opportunity to attend the spring 2019 conference in Copenhagen as members of the student/EP delegation, co-sponsored by LAUFEN BATHROOMS and AIA CE.

In Copenhagen we reconnected with Ali Yapicioglu for our next challenge: A Design Competition for ‘A Memorial for the Martyrs of Paphos, Cyprus’.  We were truly an international team with each of us working in different countries – but the process was fun and not so difficult, because we were excited to face the challenges and we understood the future benefits to us as emerging professionals.

Our project concept was based on the very dramatic coastline of Paphos Town and its geological structure and colors.  This was interpreted in our choice of building materials, flooring and geometric shapes that we found in the landscape.  The three sinuous walls of the structure are in harmony within each other, while symbolizing a line that reaches out to peace.  As the walls break-off from each other, following the contours of the landscape, they symbolize the long war/efforts/fighting of the martyrs.  We were awarded second place in the competition.

Regardless of the different time zones, countries and challenges – we are so grateful for the opportunities and mentorship given to us by AIA CE members that have made it possible for us as students and young architects to aspire to and achieve this professional success. 

Thank you, we look forward to future collaboration.

Blerina Boshnjaku & Gresa Morina