Students awarded for excellence in Architectural Technology

Winners of the annual Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology 2013 have been announced by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. These Awards recognise the work of students studying on an Accredited Architectural Technology Honours degree programme.

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project)

Simone Ceccato, from Westminster University in London, was named winner of the Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project). Simone’s theoretical concept was a mixed use scheme entitled Maggie’s Centre. The judges were unanimous in their decision that this was an outstanding project that clearly demonstrates excellence within Architectural Technology and how a very well integrated design incorporated the technology of architecture.

Simone Ceccato said:

“I’m really grateful to be the winner of this amazing accolade. I’m proud of my achievement and would like to thank my tutors who have been extraordinarily supportive whilst studying.”

Highly Commended went to Matthew Cross from University of Central Lancashire for Little Oak Primary School which provided multifunctional learning environments to encourage social interaction and creative thinking.

Commended was jointly presented to Stephen Bard ACIAT and Daniel Owen ACIAT both from Anglia Ruskin University. Stephen’s project was a visitor centre for climbers and Daniel’s an educational day centre for children.

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Technical Report)

Andrea Obremski ACIAT, from Sheffield Hallam University in Yorkshire, was named winner of the Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Technical Report). Andrea’s report investigated the core considerations of integrating transparent photovoltaic technology into a building envelope as a substitute façade material. The judges felt that this paper provided a benchmark baseline as a point of reference for the Architectural Technology discipline.

Andrea said:

“I’m thrilled to have won this Award and hope that my research can be used or developed within the built environment sector to progress and demonstrate the discipline of Architectural Technology.”

Highly Commended went to James Daw from The Robert Gordon University for his report on insulating solid masonry walls and Commended to Michael Freeman ACIAT, also from The Robert Gordon University, for his look at the improvements in the accuracy of digital recording.

Professor Norman Wienand MCIAT, Vice-President Education and Chair of the judging panel said:

“I continue to be encouraged and amazed by the superb output of work from our students across all our Accredited degree programmes. The passion and skills presented just through these projects alone demonstrate how Architectural Technology is at the forefront of the built environment today and for the future.”