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Architectural technology students from Sheffield Hallam University are yet again celebrating scooping top industry prizes.

Tony Buck and Matt Padley picked up honours at the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) student awards.

Tony, a part-time student originally from Macclesfield, was named winner of the Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project) for his Dearne Valley Eco Education Centre which, according to judges, "demonstrated his excellent technical analysis linked to an innovative design that utilises proven components and systems."

His design for the education centre included workshop and lecture spaces as well as catering facilities, designed to educate visitors on sustainable products, theories and building methods.

Tony's CIAT award follows his success in the University's Brightest Spark exhibition this year, which displayed the best work from creative students as chosen by top industry professionals.

Selecting Tony's project for the exhibition, Sumita Sinha, council member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), called it a delightful response that "represents the seamless link between architecture and technology."

Tony, 24, said: 'The purpose of the complex is to educate visitors on various sustainable products, theories and building methods. I tried to design something that was both striking in its form and functional.

"As a part-time student working in practice, it's nice to know that all my hard work and late nights have paid off. I feel very humble and proud of myself." 

Matt, 24, from Snaith near Goole, was highly commended in the Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project) category for his design for a water-side Eco Education Centre.

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Andrew Wilson, lecturer in architecture at Sheffield Hallam, said: "We're immensely proud of the consistently high standard of our students' work. Tony and Matt's awards are testament to their skills as architectural technologists and I'm sure they both have successful careers ahead of them." 

CIAT judges called the scheme "interesting and considered, which utilises the external environment and integrates this into the fabric of the building."

CIAT is the industry body which represents professionals working and studying in the field of architectural technology.

Sheffield Hallam was named the first CIAT Centre of Excellence this year in recognition of the high standards of the teaching staff and resources on the University's architectural technology courses.

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