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University of Sheffield students rack up gongs at RIBA Yorkshire Awards

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Students from the University of Sheffield have bagged three of the four top prizes at the RIBA Yorkshire Student Awards

Post-graduate student Dan Cook landed the institute’s prestigious Gold award for the best project at Part II level - and also took home the Part II presentation prize - for his Winchelsea Performing Arts University proposals.

Meanwhile fellow University of Sheffield starlet Joseph Dimery was handed the Part I Gold award for his ‘stunning’ Mushroom Farm for Chatsworth Estate.

Leeds Metropolitan University’s Vahagn Mkrtchyan scooped the Part I presentation prize - as well as the Part I Silver award - for his ‘mature’ Map Library and Depository for a site in Cambridge.

The annual awards celebrate ‘the best of the best’ architecture students in the region and are nominated by tutors from each of Yorkshire’s four RIBA validated architecture schools, namely: The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, Leeds Metropolitan University and Huddersfield University.

The judging panel was chaired Elizabeth Motley, Head of Urbanism & Architecture at Integreat Plus, Leeds and included Jamie Scott, director at Scott Brewster, Liverpool; Richard Waite, news editor at The Architects Journal; Stephen Dixon, director at Calls Architecture, Leeds; Simon Gedye, director at Studio Gedye, Sheffield.

Winners in full

Part I Gold award - Joseph Dimery, University of Sheffield. A Mushroom Farm for Chatsworth Estate
‘A very good level of detail delivered with confidence. It tells a simple and clear story with stunning images.’

Part II Gold award - Dan Cook, University of Sheffield. Winchelsea Performing Arts University
‘It showed a holistic approach to the design that was expertly woven into the nature of the place. Cleverly responding to the big society agenda.’

Part I Presentation Prize - Vahagn Mkrtchyan, Leeds Metropolitan University. The Map Library and Depository, Cambridge
‘Excellent use of light, shade and contrasting textures. Very mature approach to graphic presentation.’

Part II Presentation Prize - Dan Cook, University of Sheffield. Winchelsea Performing Arts University
‘Beautiful hand-drawn sketches – well executed combination of techniques. Rich tapestry of expertly communicated architectural ideas.’

Other awards:

Part I Silver award - Vahagn Mkrtchyan, Leeds Metropolitan University. The Map Library and Depository, Cambridge

Part I Bronze award - Amy Martin, Sheffield Hallam University. The Steel Forest

Part II Silver award- Ronan Watts, University of Sheffield. Bathing the Spectacle

Part II Bronze - Michael Cowen, Huddersfield University. The Centre of Impermanence


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