Celebrating student success


Birmingham School of Architecture and Design recently came together to celebrate graduating student work and achievements at our end-of-year awards as part of the Inspired Festival.

The Inspired Festival showcases the work from across the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media. The Birmingham School of Architecture exhibition highlighted how our students have developed innovative social and technological solutions to real world design challenges.

The evening was opened by architect, presenter and educator George Clarke, who spoke to students and guests on the challenges the industry is facing and the potential of the students to make a real difference in the world. George stayed on throughout the evening to help present awards, speak to students and took time to look at the exhibitions.

The key element of the celebration evening was celebrating the industry sponsored prizes across all disciplines, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Not only do these awards highlight the hard work from students, but also gives an extra edge to their CV. Our industry links are integral to the School, from live projects, work placements and sponsorship of the end-of-year awards.

For our BA (Hons) Architecture course, accrediting body the Royal Institute of British Architects handed out a number of awards, including a drawing prize and bronze medal nominations. MArch Architecture students were also recognised by RIBA, with silver medal nominations and the President’s Award Dissertation Nomination. Industry partners Hays Architecture also sponsored an award, alongside Associated Architects.

BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture welcomed accrediting body the Landscape Institute, who awarded a prize for undergraduate and postgraduate work. The Tyler Grange Landscape Award, presented to Adam Rumble, included a two month placement as part of the award. This is a great way to celebrate Adam’s hard work across his time on the course.

A number of awards were given to BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design students, including Innovation and Spatial Manipulation. For BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design, Joe Deakin’s New Designer winning work was celebrated, alongside Alice Evan’s innovative hair chair.

It wasn’t just the final year students getting involved with the Inspired Festival. A group of students worked on a brief to conceptualise, design, fabricate and construct four bars within an eight day time frame.

The bars, used for the Industry Night, were located around the Parkside building. Using the skills the students developed during their time here, the multi-disciplinary teams aimed to make design statement whilst also building a functional space. Students were split into three teams; design, make, and build. Each team had to work in conjunction with each other to ensure the bars were finished in time for the event – they also helped serve the drinks afterwards. 

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