Samuel Letchford
It is definitely satisfying as a designer to see a project you immersed yourself in for 5 months get recognition from an organisation such as the RIBA.

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Graduate company: Halsall Lloyd Partnership

Winner: RIBA East Midlands Student Part 1 Award

How did it feel to win the RIBA award?

"I was pleasantly surprised, it was not something I had considered at all! It is definitely satisfying as a designer to see a project you immersed yourself in for five months get recognition from an organisation such as the RIBA. It has given me encouragement for my future career and I’m thrilled to have won the award.

What was your inspiration behind your design that won it?

"Based in Milan, my final project 'Cascina Cultura' was inspired by the local agricultural cascine, unique farmsteads scattered across the Po Valley of Northern Italy. Working on a site neighbouring one of the last functioning examples of these farmsteads, my project was focused on supporting this cascina and forming the next stage in the timeline of the farm, helping bring the cascine into the 21st century. Acting as a craft village, my proposal offered studios and facilities for local craftsmen to practise their craft, with the ultimate goal of producing work to contribute to Milan Design Week and thus giving the cascine a new identity rooted in locally sourced quality design.

"Separated into four districts dedicated to certain craft types, the craft village was inspired by urban design principles, using building hierarchy, landmarks and streets to create a stimulating environment for craftsmen to share skills and techniques. Acting as celebration of the local vernacular, a monolithic application of terracotta as a structural component and finishing material aimed to unite concept, structure and programme.

Why would you recommend your course at NTU?

"BArch (Hons) Architecture at NTU offers a good balance between practical design and technical awareness, teaching you how to design with consideration to both theory and construction techniques. The tutors are enthusiastic and always find time to offer guidance on your project, and technical staff are there to help you make the most of the workshop facilities on offer. These teamed with NTU’s excellent industry links and frequent networking events, the course does a great job of preparing you for the next stage of your career.

How are you using the skills you learnt at NTU in your working life?

"Effective communication and timekeeping skills are two skills that I use on a daily basis at work. These skills were essential during my studies and remain so in the workplace, perhaps even more so. Planning your time to meet deadlines and being able to communicate your ideas to colleagues and clients are both important aspects of working in an architectural practice."

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