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DMU Architecture student wins national prize

One of the country’s top novice architecture prizes has been won by a student from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

The 3DReid prize attracts entries from the UK’s top architecture schools and is judged by leading figures from the industry.
Tutors nominate each year’s top Part II students for the competition and judges included RIBA president Jane Duncan and Andrew Fullerton, head of design development at the BBC.
It is a further endorsement of the quality of DMU’s School of Architecture, which enjoys a superb reputation for academic rigous and producing talented graduates.
Matthew Webb, a Part II student, impressed judges with his MArch design project The Kennermerland Visitor Centre and Conservation Laboratory in the Netherlands.
He said: “After finding National Park Zuid-Kennermerland, I became fascinated by how unusual its topography is, compared to the typical low lying landscape that most people associate with this country.
“The essence of the project sets out to produce a building that is inspired by, and it sympathetic to its context, by being a positive addition to its environment.
The park, 30 miles from Amsterdam, has beaches, dunes, forests and country house estates. It has about two million visitors a year and provides a wildlife oasis.
Matt was delighted to win the competition. He said: “It has been an honour to be shortlisted for this award, let alone come away as the winner.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my architectural education, and specifically my tutor Ben Cowd.”

3DReid is a RIBA award-winning practice with 120 staff across offices in London, Scotland and Kuala Lumpur.
It has run the design competition for nine years and this year, 20 nominations were received from the UK’s top architecture schools.
Chair of the judges, 3DReid director Mark Taylor, said: “We set up this prize to help bridge the gap between training and practice, and have seen a real response to preparing newcomers to the profession for the commercial realities of architecture.
“We congratulate all those nominated and in particular, the shortlisted students. It is never an easy decision to pick a clear winner, but we felt Matthew’s project performed strongly in all the categories we scored.”

Posted on Tuesday 5th August 2014

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