13 Oct 2010 12:00:00.000
The work of students from The University of Nottingham has been recognised for its ‘excellence in architecture’ at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Midlands Awards 2010.
The Zero Carbon Architecture Research Studio (ZCARS) is run by Professor Michael Stacey, Swinal Samant and Dr Lucelia Rodrigues. The ZCARS students took both awards in their category, following on from last year’s success when Nottingham students took home three awards.
Fifth year students David Brook and Samantha Barclay received a ‘Special Mention’ award for their housing scheme on Felton Road in The Meadows, Nottingham.
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Oliver Peach, Alexander Loren-Gosling and Peter Phillips received the ‘Highly Commended’ award for their housing scheme on Green Street also in The Meadows.
The aim of the studio is to develop a holistic sustainable approach to housing design on an urban infill site in Nottingham. It promotes the integration of the knowledge and understanding of the use of materials, structures, sustainability, environment and services through the design of prefabricated architecture and components.
After identifying challenging sites within the city, the students developed a brief to address contemporary challenges of housing and low carbon architecture, bringing together a number of key issues: the role of beauty, the need for habitation, for employment, and the prevention of global warming.
ZCARS students benefit from innovative interdisciplinary lectures and tutorials with focussed and timely input from practitioners and academics. Students test the building’s performance using simulation programmes and to evidence zero carbon is achieved all projects are thoroughly detailed and backed up by building simulations, Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) analysis and evaluation or comparison to the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH). To facilitate student learning, visits to Terrapin, ECOBUILD and exemplary housing projects are organised.
Following the students’ success, Swinal Samant, a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, said: “Back to back success at the RIBA awards is evidence of the excellence produced by our students, which is supported by the high quality of teaching in a supportive and stimulating environment. The creative and rigorous approach adopted has been recognised by the judging panel, leading to the awards.”
With organisers already looking to receive entries from third, fifth and sixth year students for 2011, Swinal is now encouraging staff to consider entering their students for the awards, which she believes provides a great opportunity for the wider recognition of the excellent work of Nottingham students.
On the value of taking part, Swinal explained: “The ZCARS students address contemporary challenges of climate change and design quality in housing. This cutting edge knowledge and experience will be invaluable to students in terms of securing a job and offering specialism in the current economic climate, as well as offering solutions for the pressing and ambitious targets of all new UK homes to be zero carbon by 2016.
“It is also a great opportunity for the wider recognition and dissemination of the excellent work undertaken at the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at The University of Nottingham.”
This work is carried out as part of The University of Nottingham’s commitment to Energy research, one of 13 research priorities that the organisation will focus on over the next five years.
The University of Nottingham has a broad research portfolio but has also identified and badged 13 research priority groups, in which a concentration of expertise, collaboration and resources create significant critical mass.
Key research areas at Nottingham include energy, drug discovery, global food security, biomedical imaging, advanced manufacturing, integrating global society, operations in a digital world, and science, technology & society. Through these groups, Nottingham researchers will continue to make a major impact on global challenges.
For more information on the RIBA awards, visit www.architecture.com/Awards/RIBAAwards/RIBAAwards.aspx.
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Times as “the nearest Britain has to a truly global university”, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings.
The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 39,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.
The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.
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