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UCA students win architecture award with proposal for Chelsea Design Quarter

Students from our Architecture School in Canterbury have secured the top spot in a nationwide architecture competition with a new proposal for Chelsea Design Quarter – London’s eclectic interior design hub. Organised by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in conjunction with Roca London Gallery, the AIA Student Charette 2015 gave seven student teams the chance to draw and model new proposals for Chelsea Design Quarter, based around the theme of childhood recollection and memory in design. Throughout the project, practising architect Bea Sennewald mentored the team from UCA.

Our team of Architecture students took a different approach to many of their competitors, as Emily Watts who was part of the winning team explained: “Our work stood out as we used a different materiality to present our work, like charcoal.” The team’s winning proposal, entitled Industrial Recollection, focused on using materials as a constant within an otherwise disjointed environment. The project featured a central hub connecting a series of structures, forming areas designed to encourage community. The students displayed their ideas through large sketches.

AIA Charette 2015

Speaking about the win, team member George Sunderland said: “I feel proud, first and foremost, and excited about the opportunities that winning such a prestigious institution’s charette can bring. UCA has given me so many new abilities while making me more confident and personally developed, and I’m so pleased to be graduating this year.”

Alongside Emily and George in the winning team were Emily Martin and James White, fellow Architecture students at our Canterbury campus. The competition judge – architect Robert Rhodes – helped them celebrate their achievement by presenting them with their certificates during an informal ceremony.

AIA Charette 2015 group work

Our Architecture courses have been ranked in the top ten Architecture courses by the Guardian's University Guide 2016. You can find out more about our range of Architecture courses here.