Sustainable plans to regenerate Leicester’s Frog Island have earned Christina Agathangelou a respected architecture award.
The Architecture BA (Hons) and Architecture MArch graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) came third in the annual student competition run by 3DReid, an award-winning architecture practice with five studios across the UK.
Christina was recognised for her final-year DMU project, based around Frog Island, which proposes reviving the ‘forgotten’ tradition of natural textile dyeing using plants and flowers.
Her inspiration came from her desire to restore the existing buildings on-site, formally housing a dyeing and bleaching company, in a more sustainable way.
To make the location an attractive destination for local people, Christina’s plans feature a museum, gardens, a market, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as a dyeing and planting school to highlight the importance of natural textile dyeing.
The 24-year old from Nicosia, Cyprus, said: “It feels great to have my work recognised on this level. Being part of such a big competition was an amazing experience, as I had the opportunity to compete with students from all over the UK and meet industry experts.”
Before embarking on her Master’s, Christina worked at Eraclis Papachristou Architects in Cyprus as a Part I Architectural Assistant.
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“I worked on various residential and commercial projects, assisting by designing and rendering, both in 2D and 3D. Due to the knowledge I had acquired at DMU, I was able to handle every challenge and project in the best possible way,” she said.
Returning to Cyprus after five years of studying at DMU, the 2017 graduate now feels well-equipped to pursue her future career.
She said: “DMU has prepared me for my career in many ways. My tutors have inspired me to work harder, giving me the proper foundation for my future in practicing architecture.
“One of the highlights of my time at DMU is that each year, thanks to #DMUglobal for making it possible, we were able to visit a different country and study the architecture.
“During the first year of my Master’s I had the opportunity to visit Venice, Verona and Vicenza in Italy, where I got to personally experience the architecture that I have been reading about in books. Visiting all these cities was informative and a great inspiration for our projects.”
Christina also benefitted from the many guest lectures organised by DMU, which gave her a valuable insight into the industry.
“I really enjoyed hearing from industry experts who came in and presented some of their firm's work. Their talks were very interesting and helpful,” she said.
On her experience of studying in DMU’s landmark Vijay Patel building, Christina said: “It’s a great addition to the campus with cutting-edge facilities that benefit many students. For me, the best part were the workshops, where we had the chance to experiment with different kinds of materials.”
She added: “What I miss most about Leicester and DMU is the whole student experience. After five years, Leicester feels like home.”
Posted on Tuesday 10th October 2017