1 November 2022

Third year student, Emily, awarded commendation in the West Yorkshire Society of Architects’ Denis Mason Jones sketching competition

Emily Ridings, a third year BA Architecture student, has been awarded a share of the prize money from this prestigious sketching competition

Emily's sketch of Park Hill Flats

The Denis Mason Jones sketching competition is held by the West Yorkshire Society of Architects (WYSA). The competition was created in memory of the distinguished architect, who once served as the president of the WYSA, and was known for keeping meticulous notebooks filled with sketches in his distinctive style. 

This year’s subject was “1945-1975 Buildings in your town” and was open to Yorkshire-based architects and architecture students. Emily’s entry, “Streets in the Sky”, is a sketch of the iconic Park Hill Flats, located in central Sheffield. The sketch shows her perspective from nearby student accommodation, and particularly the details of the staircase.

Winning a commendation in the WYSA Denis Mason Jones sketching awards was an honour. The presentation evening for the awards held at Leeds Library was a wonderful experience, surrounded by inspiring architects and amazing sketches. I have always been fascinated by the controversies and unique form behind brutalist architecture. Park Hill Flats has captured my interest for many years and the competition offered an amazing opportunity to visit and investigate the brutalist features through sketch.

Emily Ridings

BA Architecture

The prizes were announced last week by the WYSA at their awards ceremony. Congratulations to Emily and the other prize-winners

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