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3DReid announces 2015 student-prize winner

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A reimagining of Berlin’s Templehof Airport by a Mack architecture graduate has won this year’s 3DReid Student Prize

The project by Mackintosh School of Architecture Part II student Alastair Reid beat six other schemes, including a satirical take on Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment and a cemetery for freeze-dried cadavers in Marseille, in the practice’s annual competition.

Joint-second place went to Northumbria University student Sasha Edwards for her coastal archaeological centres in Norfolk, and Leeds Beckett University’s Michael Powell for the artistic talents displayed in his PlutoStratum - London:City of Slums thesis.

Winners of the awards’ public-vote category were Steven Leask and Adam McAvoy from the University of Strathclyde, who produced a fuel-poverty tackling hydrogen atorage scheme for Stornoway (pictured below).

Steven Leask and Adam McAvoy

Other finalists were Will Brown from the Royal College of Art, Ian Page of Liverpool John Moores University, and Ben Robinson from Manchester School of Architecture.

Head judge and 3DReid director Mark Taylor said the evaluation panel had been astounded by the ‘quality and richness’ of emerging talent from UK architecture schools.

‘As a snapshot of the future health of our profession, the submissions demonstrate the extraordinary creative and commercial astuteness of the students’ thinking combined with fantastic visualisation and graphic skills which gives us every confidence that the next generation is in great shape,’ he said.

Judging panel member Russ Edwards of micro-homes developer Pocket Living said all of the shortlisted projects had demonstrated fantastic problem-solving and architectural invention. However he said Reid’s winning entry had offered ‘perhaps the most successful marriage of these qualities within a genuinely ambitious urban proposition’.

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