Bradley Sowter, a graduate from the Kent School of Architecture, has won this year’s £1,000 3DReid Student Prize for the best Part 2 student in the country
Sowter, who is also a freelance architectural visualiser and previously worked as an architectural assistant at Broadway Malyan, won the prize for his scheme based on the narrative of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
The graduate created an animation – for which he designed temporary and permanent film sets – that explored the themes of the tale, and followed the trials and tribulations of Scrooge.
Sowter saw off six other finalists, including Ewan Hooper, from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, who won the public vote for the award with his project The Return of the Factory, and Kent Gin from the University of Westminster, who came second for his scheme Admiralty Peninsula.
In total, 25 schools nominated students for this year’s prize. Now in its 12th year, the award is the highest-profile, practice-backed student prize in the UK.
The winner was selected by a jury that included 3DReid’s chief executive Mark Taylor. He said the selection of Sowter as winner was an ’education for us all about where architecture is going’.
Last year’s winner was Michael Lewis, a graduate of Bath School of Architecture, with his design concept for a construction school on the site of a dilapidated tile factory in Porto, Portugal.
The shortlist in full
- Bradley Sowter, Kent School of Architecture, A Christmas Carol (winner)
- Kent Gin, University of Westminster, Admiralty Peninsula
- Christina Agathangelou, Leicester School of Architecture, De Montfort University, The Forgotten Beauty, Natural Dyeing Plant
- Ewan Hooper, Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Return of the Factory
- Matthew Kernan, Queens University, Canal Hostel
- Oliver Hopwood, University of Northumbria, Campus for Planet Critical Technologies
- Fraser Wallis, University of Bath, Thermal Baths