26 July 2022

Student success in RIBA’s regional student awards

Congratulations to our students on their successes at the 2022 RIBA Yorkshire Student Awards.

Sheffield School of Architecture at the RIBA Yorkshire 2022 student awards
Sheffield School of Architecture at the RIBA Yorkshire 2022 student awards

We’re delighted by the success of our students at the 2022 RIBA Yorkshire Student Awards. 

BA Architecture student, Caitlin Pugh won the Part 1 prize for her project, Artefacts of the Anthropocene, tutor David Britch. The project  proposes a museum themed around plastic waste in the environment and explores how art can be a vehicle, to raise public awareness of the growing threat to our environment.

Designing a museum/gallery centred around the misuse of plastic was both an engaging/exciting project but also incredibly eye opening in relation to the climate emergency. To then have the project win the RIBA Yorkshire Student prize was a wonderful opportunity and made me incredibly grateful to all those at Sheffield School of Architecture who have been so supportive throughout the years

Caitlin Pugh

BA Architecture

Caitlin’s project work.
Caitlin’s project work.

BA Architecture student Harry Sale was also nominated for his third year work. Leo Care, Head of third year says “Our success at the RIBA Yorkshire Student awards celebrated the fantastic work of both our Undergraduate and MArch students. Caitlin Pugh and Harry Sale's 3rd year work represented exceptionally well-crafted architectural designs, showing fantastic attention to detail and consideration of re-use and adaptation of existing buildings.”

Caitlin Pugh and Harry Sale
Caitlin Pugh and Harry Sale

Also receiving an award were MArch Architecture students Megan Thacker-Brooks and Rachael Cowan who won the Part 2 award for their joint project. Their project  "Residential retro-fit, a masterplan for Gleadless valley" was part of Studio Waste, with tutor Mark Parsons.

Megan and Rachael's work
Part of Residential retro-fit, by Megan Thacker-Brooks and Rachael Cowan

As a school we are committed in our response to the climate emergency so we are particularly proud that Rachael and Megan's project looking at the retrofit and densification of a seminal housing project in Sheffield has been recognised as the overall winner of the RIBA Yorkshire Student Awards 2022.

John Sampson and Cith Skelcher

Joint Directors of MArch Programmes

Another MArch student, Darren Lai, was highly commended for his project “Manx Rhapsody” from studio (re)-Activist, with tutor Simon Baker. His design thesis explores how the Isle of Mann’s (Manx)

identity can be strengthened through music, culture and education. It stems from the ideas of the collective Studio (Re)-Activist Manifesto for the newly-formed island as an independent, separate nation.

Part of Darren Lai’s Highly commended work, “A Manx Rhapsody”.
part of Darren Lai’s Highly commended work, “A Manx Rhapsody”.
Students Darren, Megan and Rachael with their certificates
Students Darren, Megan and Rachael with their certificates

Congratulations to all of you on your well-deserved success!

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