Innovative student design receives architectural awards

Three architecture students, from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge University Department of Architecture and Norwich University of the Arts, have been recognised for their achievements by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East and have been awarded prestigious RIBA East Student Awards 2015.

This annual RIBA East Student Awards programme showcases and rewards the talents of outstanding architectural students in the East of England, whose work has been selected as the best in their year. The programme aims to be inclusive by inviting submissions from all architectural students in the East, not just those studying RIBA validated courses.

The RIBA East Student Award Winners for 2015 are:

  • Ayomide Karim, from Anglia Ruskin University, who won her prize for the best final year project on the BSc (Hons) Architecture course. Her project, the ‘African Slavery Museum’ is designed to be located on the south bank of the Thames, on a prominent site currently occupied by the Design Museum.
  • Aska Welford, from Cambridge University Department of Architecture who received her prize for consistently high marks on studio/portfolio work, dissertation and written examinations.
  • Tamsyn Rootsey Freeman, from Norwich University of the Arts who won her prize for the best outstanding design innovation project on the BA (Hons) Architecture course. Her project is called, the NOISE: NOrthern Irish Space Exploration.

Andrew Claiborne, Head of the School of Architecture at Anglia Ruskin, commented:

“Karim’s attention is not limited to the architecture; she considered aspects of the exhibits, furnishings and design details also.”

Dr. Wendy Pullen, Head of Department of Cambridge University Department of Architecture said:

“Aska Welford’s studio work combines in equal measure rigour and precision with playfulness and sensitivity and these qualities are matched by a real engagement with crafting and materials. Her abilities as a designer are matched by her academic achievements. A remarkable student.”

This year, Norwich University of the Arts, design studios explored the relationships between power and visibility in the contested city of Belfast. Students were asked to explore the contemporary city, and to consider how recent reversals in power have affected its architecture, its public spaces, and its occupants.

Reenie Elliott, Course Leader BA (Hons) Architecture, commented:

“Tamsyn’s project demonstrates a very high degree of imagination and a design project which is grounded in theory and technical detail. We are very pleased to be able to nominate her for the RIBA East student award for outstanding innovation in design.”

Jon Greenfield, RIBA East Chair, commented:

“We are delighted with the high standards of design and the innovative scheme concepts submitted by architecture students from Universities in the East region and would like to thank them for their participation. We wholeheartedly congratulate this year’s Student Award winners and wish them good luck for the next stage of their journey into architecture.”