Success for Sam!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in News | No Comments

A student has enjoyed success in a prestigious Cornish architectural competition for students. Year 13 student Sam Sowden won second prize in the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) Cornwall Work Experience Competition 2017.

All students undertaking an architectural work experience placement in Cornwall this year were eligible to participate in the competition, which required the student to produce a design for a structure to a particular brief. Sam chose to design a temporary outdoor performance area that could be suitable for Saltash, producing sketches based on a traditional Victorian bandstand with a nautical theme to represent the town’s strong maritime links.

The competition was judged by two qualified Architects, assisted by eight undergraduate Architecture students from the University of Plymouth. In their comments they said that, ‘All were very impressed with the overall standard and quality of submissions, showing innovation, good interpretation of the brief and a good standard of overall presentation.’ The judges added that Sam’s submission, ‘was of a higher standard’, putting him in second place.

Adam Killeya, Head of Sixth Form at, said, “We think work experience is a very important part of students’ education, and helps to prepare them for their future studies and careers. We’re always proud of the feedback that our students receive and this prize shows that Sam really went the extra mile to get the most out of his placement.”