Donald Kwaku and James Young received Best of Year prizes for the projects which were displayed during the University’s recent Degree Show.
RIBA’s Kent branches celebrate and reward the talents of architecture students in their pursuit of excellence at UCA Canterbury, each year.
Donald Kwaku, who completed a Graduate Diploma in Architecture in June, said: “It is always a humbling feeling to receive an award but when it’s from RIBA it’s definitely more special. It means that all of those late nights and long hours spent drawing, making and re-drawing were all worth it.
“This award has not only helped crystallise my thoughts of what architecture is and can be, but it has also reassured me that pushing yourself to the limit and moving outside your comfort zone are great ways to discover your own abilities and that these qualities are celebrated by a prestigious organisation.”
James Young, recent BA (Hons) Architecture graduate, said: “I feel surprised and very honoured to receive this prize. It’s great to have my work chosen from such a fantastic selection of projects and been recognised by an organisation as prominent in the field of architecture as RIBA.
“The award has given me a great boost of confidence in my work and the assurance I need while looking for the work placement which forms the next part of my studies.”
Donald’s project explored health and wellbeing in the cities of the future while James created plans for a Hungarian festival of music and textiles.
Allan Atlee, Head of Architecture at UCA, said: “The support of RIBA to our School of Architecture via this annual award is incredibly valuable: students are motivated to produce work of the highest possible standards in order to impress their professional peers and future employers.
“We encourage our students to enter national and international competitions to support their development and prepare them for the highly competitive environment of architectural practice. Regular successes show that UCA graduates are producing imaginative and rigorous proposals that are recognised externally by employers and professional colleagues.”
The judges of the RIBA Student Prizes at UCA were Matt Whitby, Chair of Canterbury & District Branch and Partner in Guy Hollaway Architects; and James Galpin, Chair of West Kent Branch and Partner in Hazle McCormack Young.