Department of
Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture Student Success Stories

Here at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, we are proud of the success of our students and alumni and their commitment, hard work and dedication in the field. Here are just a few examples of some success stories and award winning design projects.


Student success


Ollie Skelton

RIBA Bronze Award Commendation 2021

Ollie won the RIBA Bronze Award Commendation for his project "Making Do" looking at sustainable redevelopment via repair and adaptation of derelict railway warehouses in Nottingham's city centre.

The awards were established by the RIBA in 1836 and are considered to be the most prestigious awards in architectural education. Over 400 schools from across the world are invited to nominate entries for the awards.

This is the fifth year in a row where University of Nottingham students have been successful in the Bronze Medal Awards having won the award, three Commendations and the Serjeant Prize during this period.

Ollie Skelton Work

Edwin Maliakkal

Edwin Maliakkal

Serjeant Drawing Award 2020

Edwin won the Serjeant Drawing Award for Excellence in Drawing for RIBA Part 1.

He triumphed over a record 134 other entrants from schools worldwide for his work The Fifth Orchestration, which explored the future of architecture and how we perceive and engage with the fluidity of specific moments in space and time. I went on to work at a local firm in the UK after graduating from the University of Nottingham. Edwin currently works at Mark Foster Gage Architects, New York, as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant.

Edwin Work

Jess Tyson

Jess Tyson

SPAB’s (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) Philip Webb Award 2020

UoN Graduate Jess Tyson won SPAB’s Philip Webb Award 2020 with a beautifully executed and highly appropriate proposal for the reuse of an underused block of buildings in Nottingham City Centre.

Spurred on by our current climate emergency, Jess’s project asked why so many buildings sit vacant or are scheduled for demolition when redevelopment through imaginative new design could give them a new lease of life. Jess chose three sites in Nottingham City centre all with distinct characters and in various conditions and reimagined them as a community arts centre and performance venue.

Jess Tyson work

Lottie Ford

RIBA's Nottingham and Derby Women in Architecture Student Awards 2021
Lottie Ford’s Part 2 project, Houseplace and the value of undefined space, tackled age, loneliness and socio-economic background and attracted great recognition from the panel, who observed that there was a strong narrative and good exploration at all levels, including thinking about the relationship between the interiors and the community at different viewpoints in the scheme.

Conor Vale

Conor Vale

RIBA East Midlands Student Awards 2021 at Part 2, highly commended

Conor was awarded a commendation for his approach to building disassembly in a Leicester-based project, The House of the City. This Design Thesis postulates the significance of Modernist space conception and its continued applicability. The value of Modernism lies in its spatial articulation, belied by its vilified aesthetic.

Conor Vale work

matthew Dickenson

Matthew Dickenson

CIBSE Ashrae Graduate of the Year 2021 - 2nd place

Since graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2019, Matt has worked as a graduate mechanical engineer on a variety of mixed-use projects within the AECOM St Albans team. He coordinates events for the CIBSE HVAC Systems Group, co-leads the AECOM Young Engineers Forum and actively participates in STEM events.

Carolina Bley

Passivhaus Student Competition 2020

Carolina won the Passivhaus competition in 2020 for her Trent Basin Primary School design.

This was a real-life design project for a new sustainable community in a regeneration area and its surrounding neighbourhoods. The school concept, developed to fit within the Trent Basin sustainable housing development, is to provide a high-quality learning environment for children, as well as a low energy sustainable building that meets Passivhaus standards and its part of the Trent Basin community energy scheme.

Carolina Bley


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