Students awarded for excellence in Architectural Technology (2014)

The winners of the annual Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology 2014 have been announced by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

Winner: Shane York ACIAT, from Sheffield Hallam University, for his sustainable and attractive building, Millhouses Works which was designed for the provision of artisan food to the local community. The judges felt that Shane was able to present a solution that responded well to the site and was well resolved both aesthetically and technically with sound detailing and quality construction.

Shane said:

‘Being nominated was a very humbling experience, and then to discoverthat I had won gives me great pride and belief in myself and my abilities.’

Highly Commended went to Gihan Badi ACIAT from Leeds Metropolitan University for Primary School, Kirkstall Forge which blended traditional and modern architectural design to create a sustainable school environment.

Commended was presented to Jacob Handford ACIAT from the University of Plymouth. Jacob designed a vocational college on the site of a closed paper mill.

Winner: Tom Wragg ACIAT, from Sheffield Hallam University for his report which investigated the properties of modified wood for use in external cladding. The judges agreed that the report was comprehensive and thoroughly researched; an excellent piece of work.

Tom said:

‘It is a great feeling to know that all of my hard work and effort has been nationally recognised in such a way. I think that having this highly regarded Award on my CV will be a great asset for my future career in Architectural Technology.’

Highly Commended went to Magdalena Blazusiak ACIAT from The Robert Gordon University for her report on preserving the existing built environment through building refurbishment in the residential sector. She looked specifically at low carbon strategies.

Jointly commended were Jacob Handford ACIAT from the University of Plymouth and Daniel Owen ACIAT from Anglia Ruskin University. Both focused on their reports on Passivhaus. Jacob looked at the significance of thermal comfort in a Passivhaus school. Daniel conducted a comparative study into the cost of Passivhaus in the UK.