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Northumbria Uni hotshot wins UK's largest student prize

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Gavin Lowden from Northumbria University has scooped the £1,500 jackpot in this year’s 3DReid Student Prize

Lowden’s ‘Regenerative Landscape’ project - a ‘future industrial’ response to the declining fishing industry in the North East (pictured above) - saw off six other finalists to land the largest cash first prize given to a UK student by a private company.

Judge Paul Warner, research director at 3DReid, said: ‘The prize was fiercely contested this year. All the projects were extremely brave in their programme and execution.

‘In a time where the industry is still a little negative about the state of the world, it is heartening for rays of light; there is some seriously exciting talent coming through.’

Commenting on his victory Lowden said: ‘[The prize] has been a real incentive… to know you are not only pushing yourself against your classmates but potentially against the best in the country. It makes all the sleepless nights worthwhile and is a real boost in difficult times.’

Meanwhile Joseph Murphy from the University of Strathclyde became the first winner of the AJ-sponsored People’s Choice prize after his project (pictured top right), which looked at the re-use and ‘re-fortification’ of Glasgow’s M8 Corridor, romped home in the online vote.


Deadline looms to vote for People’s Choice in UK’s largest student prize (July 16, 2009)

Voters have until 5pm today (Thursday 16 July) to pick their favourite in this year’s 3DReid Student Prize

The first ever People’s Choice winner in the AJ-sponsored contest will be selected by an online poll (click here to vote).

The overall victor in the competition, which boasts the largest cash first prize given to a UK student by a private company and is worth £1,500, will be choosen by a judging panel tomorrow and officially announced on Friday (17 July).

This year’s jury includes Martin Summersgill, the head of Design at BAA, Paul Finch, the editor emeritus of The Architectural Review, Deborah Saunt, co-founding Partner of DSDHA and Charles Graham-Marr, chairman of 3DReid.

First look: the finalists in UK’s largest student prize (June 26, 2009)

Seven up-and-coming architects have been shortlisted in this year’s 3DReid Student Prize which boasts a first prize of £1,500

The practice had only intended to name five finalists in the contest, which is sponsored by the AJ. However the company decided to expand the shortlist due to ‘overwhelming quality and quantity’ of the entrants.

The seven lucky students include the two winners of the online vote - Dan Moor of University of Bath and Joseph Murphy of the University of Strathclyde.

The full list of finalists:
Nicholas Szczepaniak – Westminster University
Jon Morrison – Mackintosh School of Architecture
Jordan Hodgson – Royal College of Art
Gavin Lowden – Northumbria University
Dennis Kolesnikov – University of Cambridge
Dan Moor – University of Bath
Joseph Murphy – University of Strathclyde

This year the award - effectively ‘the best of the UK’s best’ - attracted a record number of entries with 22 nominations made up of entrants from most of the leading schools in the AJ100’s university league table as well as every school in Scotland.

An overall winner will be revealed on the evening of the 16 July.

The public will again have the opportunity to vote for the first ever Public Choice winner - with the previous votes discarded. Details of how to select a favourite will be announced in July.


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  • I will vote for the project of Mr. Kolesnikov because of excellent solution with elegant design and functionality as well as low costs for reconstruction.

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