Five architecture students win RIBA Yorkshire Student Awards

Five exceptional architecture students have been recognised in the 2016 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Yorkshire Student Awards for their outstanding, imaginative and well resolved schemes. 

The RIBA Yorkshire Student Awards celebrate and reward the talent and excellence of the architecture students from universities around the region.  Winners were announced at the prestigious RIBA Yorkshire Awards ceremony held on 21 April in Leeds. Architecture students at Leeds Beckett University, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and Huddersfield of University were entered into the awards which were judged by a panel of architects.

There are two entry classes for the awards. Each architecture school involved was asked to submit design projects by their top two Part 1 (undergraduate) and Part 2 (postgraduate) students. The Best Presentation Prize is also awarded at each level for excellence in drawing and presentation in order to highlight the importance of this in communicating ideas in architecture.

The winners were as follows:

Part 1 (undergraduate)

Bronze Award Winner:

Rob Makey, Sheffield Hallam University

Project: ‘The Cabinet of Curiosities, Berwick-upon-Tweed’

Silver Award Winner:
Jack Petch, University of Huddersfield
Project: ‘Preservation, Kunming, Yunnan’

Edmund Kalnins from DeltaLight, handing the Award to Jack Petch (left)

Edmund Kalnins from DeltaLight, with Jack Petch (left)

Gold Award Winner:
Dominic Walker, University of Sheffield
Project: ‘The Institute of Urban Broadcasting, Manchester’

Dom Walker

Edmunds Kalnins from DeltaLight, handing the Award to Dominic Walker (Left)

Part 2 (postgraduate)

No bronze award was given

Silver Award Winner:

Ryan Fish, Sheffield Hallam University

Project: ‘Liquid Assets, Stornaway’

Ryan Fish

Edmunds Kalnins from DeltaLight, handing the Award to Ryan Fish (left)

Gold Award Winner:
Matt Pearson, University of Sheffield

Project: ‘The Heart of the Machine, Sheffield’

Matt Pearson

Edmunds Kalnins from DeltaLight, handing the Award to Matt Pearson (left)

Best Presentation Prize

Part 1
Dominic Walker, University of Sheffield
Project: ‘The Institute of Urban Broadcasting, Manchester’

The judges said ‘A vast and wide ranging body of work with quality maintained throughout. This guy is one to watch.’

Part 2
The decision on awarding the presentation prize was such a close call that the judges decided to award an additional Commendation Prize for Part 2.

Commendation for Presentation, Part 2: 
Matt Pearson, Sheffield University

Project: The Heart of the Machine, Sheffield

The judges described this as ‘A wonderful presentation which includes drawings of full size components, epic visuals, atmospheric hand sketches and the most ambitious and carefully executed detail section.’

Best Presentation Prize, Part 2:
Ryan Fish, Sheffield Hallam University

Project: Liquid Assets, Stornaway

The judges said, ‘A stunning display of drawings and models. We were impressed by both the clarity and conciseness of explanatory information, and the atmosphere and detail of the high resolution visuals.’

Mark Hodson of Hodson Architects, Jury Chair said:

“It was a pleasure to spend time assessing the work of the talented and imaginative students from across the Yorkshire region. The quality of the students’ projects was very impressive with some highly ambitious, accomplished and challenging work submitted. The standard of visual presentation was particularly impressive this year.”

The RIBA Yorkshire Student Awards 2016 were sponsored by Bond Bryan Architects, Deltalight and the West Yorkshire Society of Architects.  Members of the judging panel were Mark Hodson of Hodson Architects (Jury Chair), Armine Sutton of Ormerod Design, Neil Stacey of DeMonfort University, Paula Jackman of Braithwaite & Jackman and Natalie Harris of DLA Architecture.

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