An Interior Architecture student from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has won the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award 2013.
Helene Forrester-Wood, a BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design student at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture, was announced the winner of the £10,000 cash prize and internship at Janine Stone on Wednesday (5 June).
Fellow student Michael Lau won third prize and nominations for Rebecca White and Roanna Thetford meant that UCA’s Interior Architecture students made up four of the 12 nationwide finalists.
Helene Forrester-Wood, who is 21 and from Guildford, said: “I am overjoyed to have won this fantastic competition.
“I am so excited to be working with Janine Stone and her design team, it will be a wonderful opportunity for me and I shall grab it with both hands.”
Helene’s proposal for a space for bankers’ extra-curricular activities at 36 Queen Street was praised by the judges for the way in which she interrogated the news agenda and challenged boundaries.
UCA Interior Architecture & Design course leader, Lara Rettondini, said: “The entire teaching team are overjoyed that Helene Forrester-Wood has won this prestigious award. The fact that our students received two of the three awards and that four of our best students were short-listed as part of the 12 finalists, from over 30 universities, is an amazing achievement.
“Students on our course this year played an important part in the competition and I’m certain that it will prove to be an important result for their future careers and for the reputation and value of our course.”
The Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award was founded three years ago with the mission is to foster and encourage the next generation of design talent emerging from the nation’s leading universities. Today the award is firmly established as the pre-eminent national accolade for undergraduate design students.
Allan Atlee, Head of UCA Canterbury School of Architecture, said: “To dominate the nominations and prizes in this year’s Young Interior Design Awards is testament to the incredible dedication of the staff and students who have established our BA Interior Architecture & Design course as one of the finest in this subject area.
“These successes demonstrate our commitment to providing our graduates with the skills they’ll need to establish successful careers in Interiors and also the flare and imagination of our students who enjoy working in such a stimulating and inspiring context.”
Janine Stone has worked closely with the academic interiors group Interior Educators this year to encourage more British universities to participate; and the response has been truly outstanding – over 30 universities took part and 80 design submissions were received for the 2013 competition.
Janine Stone said: “The Young Interior Design Award is my personal way of giving back to the design community and we do this through working closely with IE and our very best educational institutions in the UK.
“We have discovered some extraordinary talent since establishing the competition and we have created a platform at which the most talented design students can display their work to the design industry.”