Issue date: 08 February 2013
Chris Evans, a Part 2 Architecture graduate from UWE Bristol, has finished as a runner-up in the student project category of the National Urban Design Awards 2013.
The event, which showcases some of the best examples of urban design work produced in the UK and beyond over the past 12 months, was held at Royal Overseas League in St James's, Central London on 6 February 2013.
Chris, whose project brief was to create a film school in Central London on the Old Truman Brewery site, was put forward for consideration at the awards by Louis Rice, senior lecture in planning and architecture at UWE Bristol, who runs the MA in Urban Design and the MA Architecture programmes. The project, which saw off stiff competition from students across the country to be shortlisted as one of two finalists, sought to integrate the 'Truman Brewery Film School' into the existing fabric of the landscape by encouraging the integration of the general public with the scheme and its surrounding space. Chris' interesting, innovative and enduring project impressed the competition judges particularly with, 'The design of the public realm in front of the building and the interaction of the inside/outside space.'
On the award night itself Chris was narrowly pipped to the top spot by Richard MacCowan of Leeds Metropolitan University, but commented, “It was brilliant to get the recognition for my work from the university and even more flattering to be shortlisted down to the final two of the competition. You spend so much time and get so absorbed in the projects at university that it's amazing to finish and get such positive feedback.
“There was a good turnout at the awards with around 150 people attending. It was a great opportunity to share my work with so many professionals in the industry as well as gaining experience in public speaking. After the awards I had the chance to meet several experienced urban designers and discuss the work presented as well as views on the profession in general. It was great to market myself and network to a group of people that I would rarely get the opportunity to meet.”
To visit the Urban Design Award website and view Chris' project in full, click here.