Mathilda Wallsten and Jessica Chang / Marte N.Skjæggestad - winners of Statsbygg`s Student Award 2016

5. December Statsbygg handed out their Student Award 2016 at BAS to the winners. This year, Statsbygg decided to share the prize between two projects. Jessica Chang and Mathilda Wallsten won with their project "Adjacent Living", together with Marte N. Skjæggestad and her project "Watermarks"

Representative from Statsbygg's Western Region Maria Rosabelle Williams gave the check of NOK 10.000,- to each of the two winners among the three nominated projects. "Statsbygg wishes to encourage innovative and experimental studies of architecture among future generations of architects. The Student Award will be handed out to one or more student projects at the master level for particularly innovative and well executed project work performed in accordance with state guidelines within the field of architecture. In the evaluation, emphasis is placed on clarity in quality and form, in terms of identity, practical usefulness and aesthetic value". 

Read the the comments on all three nominated projects (in Norwegian) from the Statsbygg jury. Here is the English version. 

Learn more about the nominated projects: 

Goda Luksaite: “Post Regime -'Reappropriation of abandoned communist collective farm settlements in Lithuania'.”

Marte N. Skjæggestad: “Watermarks - Exploring the Potential of Water and The Dynamics of Change”

Jessica Chang and Mathilda Wallsten:  “Adjacent Living- Alternative public respites accommodating the needs of the homeless in Skid Row, Los Angeles.”


The winners did a presentation of their projects for the audience, in addition they met with next years diploma candidates to share their experience on the process of diploma work. 


BAS congratulates the winners, and appreciates the support from Statsbygg! 




*Statsbygg is the Norwegian government's key advisor in construction and property affairs, building commissioner, property manager and property developer.

Statsbygg is a public sector administration company responsible to the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, Statsbygg provides appropriate, functional premises to public sector enterprises, as well as realising prevailing sociopolitical objectives in relation to architecture, governmental planning interests, preservation of heritage sites and the environment.