Royal Society of Arts Win
Our Part 2 architectural assistant has now completed his university studies whilst also winning an award for his final design project.
Having been shortlisted in March the project ‘Re-Foresting’ has now won a Royal Society of Arts Student Design Award. Simon produced a detailed analysis of the ‘Northern Forest’ and developed a comprehensive strategy to harness woodlands and their resources to increase their local economic, social and environmental value. Through excellent research, he created an innovative and replicable strategy for rethinking timber production as well as engaging with the housing shortage.
Simon has a passion for using timber within architecture. The funding he received through the award win will be used to develop his knowledge of timber manufacturing and its implementation within construction projects. He first plans to visit the Scotland Innovation Centre to better understand the possibilities of Cross Laminated Timber.
Simon says “I think that architects and designers should have input into what we plant within our commercial forests, as they will ultimately be the ones designing with them once they are ready for harvest. With the prospect of so much more tree planting in the near future, we need ways to achieve a broader range of objectives from tree planting to help solve the climate crisis, improve our ecology whilst generate production. Winning the RSA student award is welcome recognition of this concept”.
Simon is keen to support the use of British timber and continue his research to explore the common hypothesis British grown timber species are not suitable for use in architecture.
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