WSA Students run design-and-build projects in Fiji in summer 2017
18 April 2017
CAUKIN Studio (run by current WSA MArch students) win Cardiff University backing for their international architecture venture.
CAUKIN Studio, a group of current WSA MArch students and recent WSA graduates, are preparing for their two design-and-build projects in Fiji this summer 2017.
The group will be engaging a combined team of local people and volunteers from around the world (including Cardiff University students) on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji, to deliver a replacement Community Hall and a new Kindergarten/ Nursing Station for two village communities still dealing with the aftermath of last year’s Cyclone Winston. The building process will enable the mutually beneficial exchange of construction and cultural knowledge.
In support of their practice, Cardiff University Enterprise and Start-Up has awarded CAUKIN Studio with the first prize in the Venture category of the annual business ideas competition, “SPARK”. The competition sets out to inspire and motivate the most entrepreneurial students and graduates through awarding funding and support across a range of categories. As a result of winning SPARK, they have been entered into the nationwide Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Challenge, a similar competition on a much larger scale, competing against other award winning business start ups from universities across the country.
CAUKIN Co-Founder, Joshua Peasley said:
“We are delighted to have won the SPARK Best Venture category and can’t wait to get to work with the Enterprise and Start-up Team to develop our business even further. Having come from an Architectural background, with no formal education in business at all, entering SPARK really pushed us to develop our ideas from a business perspective, and we’ve learnt so much in doing so!”
With successfully completed projects in Cambodia (2015) and Indonesia (2016), CAUKIN Studio is an architectural design group currently spread across USA (NYC)/ UK (Cardiff; London; Manchester)/ Indonesia (Jakarta). The group is concerned with delivering vital community assets in developing communities around the world and as part of this process they provide the opportunity for students and young professionals to gain valuable hands-on experience from the initial design phase to the finished construction through their design-and-build volunteering programmes.
More information about previous, current and upcoming projects can be found on the CAUKIN Studio website: www.caukinstudio.com