FORMER Huddersfield University student, Simon Dormer, has won a major architectural award.
The win came as a surprise to Simon. He started work on the project for the BIAT (British Institute of Architectural Technologists) Student Award for Technical Excellence in Architectural Technology only six weeks before deadline and was sure he hadn't won.
Simon's winning design was to draw up a suggested canal heritage centre for the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
The entry was based on his final year assignment.
Simon said: "As I hadn't heard anything about the competition for a while, I assumed I had not been placed first or second.
"I was therefore shocked, pleasantly though, when I read the letter saying I had won. I was pleased to have managed to produce an entry, let alone win."
The competition was run and judged by BIAT. Each design was judged under six headings: sustainability, fabric and structure, health and safety, economics, life-cycle assessment and innovation.
He said: "My canal heritage centre design design involved using the car park along St Andrew's Road across the canal from Sainsbury's in Huddersfield."
Other features of the design included the use of straw-bale construction for the walls and a solar water heating roof, inclined 21 degrees due south to maximise potential energy from the sun.
Simon is now living and working in Australia for architects Woodhead International.
He says that he is aiming for a career in sustainable architecture and design.