Founded in 1879 as a pioneering women’s hall, the college opened up an Oxford education to women, regardless of denomination. Named for Mary Somerville, the scottish science writer and polymath, the college is famous for its campaigning history and progressive ethos.
The competition is seeking a multi-disciplinary to develop innovative acoustic, lighting and ventilation solutions for the colleges’ grade II listed dining hall. The dining hall is a much loved, elegant room at the centre of college life. The hall currently struggles to accommodate the weekly formal dinners and various events throughout the year due to the triple burden of oppressive acoustics, crude unimaginative lighting, and inadequate ventilation.
In the first instance, the college is seeking submissions of Expressions of Interest in response to the Preliminary Briefing Paper. It is anticipated that five teams will be shortlisted and invited to participate in the design phase of the competition. An equal honorarium of GBP £6,000 (+VAT) will be paid to each of shortlisted teams.