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UCA students secure RIBA Excellence Awards

Two student architects from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Canterbury have received Excellence Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Callum, 24, was the winner of the Degree Prize at UCA’s School of Architecture. He received his Prize from RIBA’s Canterbury Branch. The Prize, which celebrates the talent of architecture students at the University, is awarded by RIBA Kent Branches, which represents nearly 700 architects in the county. 

The judges were impressed with Callum’s project, which focused on the design for a research centre and processing plant for uncontrollably fast-growing algae in the Baltic Sea. This phenomenon in the water that is too rich in nutrients is caused by surface runoff and waste from neighbouring countries. Callum’s proposal would collect and clear the harmful algae and harvest them for potential use. The judges particularly praised his ‘interesting main section drawing and a good set of combined drawings’.

Antonia, 25, was the winner of the Diploma Prize. Her winning project focused on the creation of a memorial landscape on the island of Poveglia, Venice. Between the 14th and 20th centuries, thousands of plague victims and mental health patients were quarantined, burned and buried on the island. Antonia’s landscape, entitled Melancholia features nearly 18,000 memorial slabs and centres around ‘The Doctor’s House’. The design of the structure is based on the story of a doctor who wanted to make a name for himself by experimenting on those on the island to find a cure for insanity.