Architecture student wins award


An architecture student from DMU has credited the university’s academic excellence after winning prestigious international recognition for his design for a specialist cardio unit in a building created to reflect the human body.

Thomas (Tom) Bush was awarded the commendation in the bronze medal category of the Presidents Medals from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which seek to reward talent and brilliance in the study of architecture.

This is a major achievement for Tom as the RIBA Presidents Medals are the most prestigious student awards for Architecture, which this year attracted entries from 55 universities worldwide.

Tom said: “It was a great honour to win the award. It was a wonderful night at the RIBA ceremony and it was great being able to meet with many well-known architects and academics.

“I wouldn’t have been able to get this award without the teaching I received at De Montfort University. I had access to multiple tutors who all had a unique insight into architecture and I was always encouraged to pursue my own interests within my projects making this year long design project an incredibly interesting and informative process.”

His winning design concept was a specialist cardio treatment and research unit set in the hilltop town of Orvieto, Italy.

Orvieto is one of the few places that is a ‘cardiac protected city’ – it protects its population through education and training, along with automated external defibrillators in various areas across the city.

Ambulances struggle to reach many of the areas of the city easily due to the narrow streets and, when having a cardiac arrest, the time taken to reach and transport a patient is one of the critical factors affecting survival.

Tom’s design is the next proposed stage for further protecting the city by creating a centre where people can use cutting edge technology to monitor the population through a cardio early detection system.

The building has also been designed to reflect the human body - the structure of the building is its skeleton, the rooms are the organs and the corridor and stairs are the circulatory system.

Judging for the award used strict criteria, and medals and commendations were awarded at degree level (part 1) and postgraduate level (part 2).

Tom’s tutor Chris Jones from DMU’s Leicester School of Architecture said: “Tom produced a scheme in Ovieto that was outstanding and he was a worthy winner of the commendation in the bronze medal category.”

You can see Tom's outstanding designs in more detail by looking at his competition entry.

Posted on Saturday 27th September 2014

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