The AJ can unveil the five finalists for 3DReid’s annual Student Prize, which rewards ‘the best of the best’ from the UK’s schools of architecture.
Ross Perkin of the University of Edinburgh, Tom Doling from Birmingham City University, Michael Scott from Oxford Brookes, Laurence Becker of the University of Greenwich, and Alex Dale-Jones at the University of Nottingham will all receive 800 for making the shortlist.
An outright winner in the competition, which boasts the largest prize pot of any student award run by a private practice, will scoop an extra 1,000.
Previous victors include Sara Shafiei from the Bartlett in 2007, and Paula Robertson from the University of Greenwich, a joint winner in 2006 who went on to join the practice.
Paul Warner, 3DReid’s research director and one of the judges, said: ‘In collaborating with these academic institutions, we aim to give graduates an opportunity to expose their work to a broad audience, putting their college work and experience within the context of a practising firm of architects.
‘The practice strongly believes that supporting students through the challenges of their college courses is essential in preventing a widening gap between education and practice.’
An eight-page special on the five finalists – including the overall result – will appear in The Architects’ Journal in July.
As part of the London Festival of Architecture, an exhibition in the foyer of 3DReid’s London office will showcase the work of all the shortlisted students. It will be open to the public from 10-20 July.