In a great achievement, Part I Architectural Assistant Charles Mahony from our Sheffield studio has had his design of the Museum of Water, Bristol, nominated by Sheffield Hallam University for the Architects Journal (AJ) Student Prize 2022.

“I focussed a lot of the building development and design process around Biomimicry, due to it being a topic that I am very passionate about”

The AJ Student Prize covers three categories; Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Sustainability, which highlights the student’s responses to social and environmental issues.

Charles gave us an overview of his work which has been put forward by the University:

“I have been selected by Sheffield Hallam University to represent them with my final Undergraduate project, which was a museum based in Bristol that would achieve Zero-Carbon if constructed (to meet the 2030 targets).

I focussed a lot of the building development and design process around Biomimicry due to it being a topic that I am very passionate about (and was fortunate enough to research this even more in my dissertation), I would love to specialise in this area of architecture in the future! An example is how the building would only use renewable energy generation methods such Turbines that imitate Humpback Whale tubercles (developed by Frank Fish).

The first step was having my work feature in the AJ Magazine along with the other nominees (which I am very happy about, there are some amazing projects on there to compete with!). Then, prizes will be awarded in the three categories.”

The winners will be announced at a free to attend, celebratory event held at Sheppard Robson’s studio in London on the 6th October. Details can be found here: AJ Student Prize 2022 Tickets, Thu 6 Oct 2022 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

We’re really pleased to see this recognition of Charles’ thoughtful, sustainable design project – well done, Charles, and good luck!


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