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Architecture student recognised by CIAT

Matthew Cross (third left) receives his award at the 2013 Creative Focus Awards.

A student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been highly commended by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology student, Matthew Cross, was recognised by the Institute for his understanding of space and clear, concise drawings in his final year project.

Matthew’s project focussed on an area of woodland near his house that was being cleared in order to develop a new housing estate. He decided to design Little Oak Primary School with the aim of providing a multi-functional learning environment, encouraging social interaction for the children of the new community.

Reflecting on the ideas which inspired the design of his drawings, Matthew said: “I am interested in the role architecture plays within communities and chose to explore this within my final year project.

“I felt it was important to push the boundaries of current technology and offer solutions to the prominent issue of construction waste. With these two concepts, the design of Little Oak Primary School evolved into an ethos for sustainability, creative learning and community spirit.’’

Ann Vanner, Course Leader for Architectural Technology, commented: “Matt’s scheme clearly demonstrated that it is possible to design a building from a very technical stance, focusing on the junctions and connections within the building fabric and still create exceptional architecture.

“His approach to detailing how various components are put together during the building process was thorough, rigorous and beautiful. His whole approach encapsulated the role of the Architectural Technologist as specialists in the science of architecture.’’