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UCA graduates awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects

Two of our Architecture graduates have been awarded Prizes for Excellence by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for their impressive final projects.

Masters of Architecture graduate Aaron Bright won the prize for his design that transformed an archaeological site in Cyprus into an attractive wedding and honeymoon destination with a museum and seed bank. Aaron remodelled the UNESCO-owned site at Fabrica Hill, Paphos, to design a wedding pavilion housed in a conservation area of native plants and trees. The new site design featured ‘love pods’ – honeymoon destinations that soar above the romantic landscape with views of the setting sun.

Aaron is currently working for Guy Holloway Architects in Hythe and is preparing to submit this project for the RIBA Silver Medal – the highest accolade for postgraduate Architecture students. He speaks warmly of his time with us at UCA, saying, “The Masters course has been an incredible experience for me. I've met some very inspiring people. Throughout my time on the course, the hands on, activist approach to architecture has always been highly advocated and has helped to inform my interest and progression after university." 

Love Pod by Aaron Bright

BA (Hons) Architecture graduate Ben Ravensdale also impressed the RIBA prize judges with his design of a building that could be used to tackle the problem of unexploded bombs along the River Elbe in central Europe. Ben came up with the idea of transporting the bombs along the Elbe – either by road or boat – to a building he designed to safely examine, defuse or detonate them.

We exhibited Aaron and Ben’s prize-winning work at the UCA graduation show in Canterbury, which was attended by the RIBA prize judges. We love to see our graduates being recognised for their achievements and hope they’ll continue to inspire current and prospective students at UCA to create the extraordinary.

Archaeological Museum by Aaron Bright

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