Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys student success

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys student success

Architecture student receives prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects, for ideas for accommodating refugee community in Dover.

Sam Ashdown, a Masters student at the University of Kent’s School of Architecture has received a prize for excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Sam, 24, was the winner of the Diploma Prize at Kent. He received his prize from Prize from Derek Nicholson, Chair of RIBA West Kent Branch at the University’s recent graduation ceremony. The Prize, which celebrates the talent of architecture students at the University, is awarded by the two Kent-based RIBA Branches that represents nearly 600 architects across the county.Sam received a certificate and a cheque for £200.

The Prize was awarded at Kent School of Architecture’s End of Year Show for students’ work. The judges were impressed with Sam’s project, the Community Recourse Tower. Sam’s proposed building is intended to help a destitute refugee community in the heart of Dover. The building is designed to provide new social networks which would give therapeutic support and active integration support for its inhabitants. The project would use as its initial structure the concrete frame of Burlington House, the 1970s-built derelict building in Townwall Street. Says Sam: ‘With ever-increasing arrivals and demand for space, my scheme seeks to explore and celebrate human ingenuity, through studies of recycling the structural elements of derelict buildings’.

Sam, who is originally from Wadhurst and attended Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, studied for both his Part 1 (degree) and Part 2 (Diploma) courses at the University of Kent. Qualifying as an architect in the UK takes at least seven years.