Island Academy Alumnus Gains Admission to Europe's Top Architecture Grad Schools

Johnathan ShillingfordAntigua St. John's - Johnathan Shillingford has gained admission to 3 of the world’s most prestigious institutions of architecture, The Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK; The Barlett: University College London, London, UK; and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  Of 1,000 applicants to the Royal Danish Academy, Shillingford was 1 of 10 offered admission to the selective program.

Ultimately, Shillingford has accepted his offer to the Architectural Association (AA), the most prestigious of the 3 schools. Founded in 1847, the AA is the oldest independent architectural school in the UK and a “global meeting point for architecture and urbanism in London”.  The school boasts an extensive list of notable alumni, many regarded as the world’s most famous architects.

The Dominican born, Antiguan citizen moved to Antigua with his parents at the age of 9. His educational foundation was set at Island Academy International, which he attended on an academic scholarship and graduated Valedictorian, Best Art Student and Best Science student in 2008.

Shillingford says, “Island Academy helped me develop self-discipline, and the challenging curriculum prepared me for an easy transition into college level academics.”  At Island Academy, Johnathan displayed a keen interest in Art, Physics and Mathematics, which, along with the support of his dedicated teachers, provided him a sound platform to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture after high school.

At the young age of 17, Shillingford matriculated at the Illinois Institute of Technology, an OAS scholar in his final two years. Upon graduating in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Shillingford joined AgenceTER, Paris, France, as an Intern Architect.

Shillingford will begin his master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism in September 2014, at the AA. His interest in urbanism, in addition to architecture comes from a desire to eventually return to the Caribbean and contribute to city planning and building technologies, especially in regards to climate change impacts and natural disaster planning.

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Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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Keep up the good work

#3 Gutter Sniper » 2014-05-26 15:25

Congratulations, your education is the greatest equalizer, keep up the good work. Best wishes to you and your family.

Gutter Sniper

Young academics

#2 JD » 2014-05-26 13:52

Congratulations to this young man! Island Academy's International Baccalaureate (IB) programme (a very highly regarded qualification) is what also helps to put Antigua on the map by highlighting and showcasing our young academics.


RE: Island Academy Alumnus Gains Admission to Europe's Top Architecture Grad Schools

#1 Have Mercy » 2014-05-26 12:04

Congrats and BEST WISHES to you. Keep pressing on. The sky is NOT the limit!

Have Mercy

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