Student Awards 2016

The Interior Educators award for the best student studio degree project in the UK.


The competition is open to all members of the Interior Educators national subject association and is for final year students of all undergraduate interiors and spatial programmes.

The award is for the most innovative, comprehensive and well communicated final degree studio project.

The 3 winners are:

1st Place - Laura Metcalfe - University of Westminster

Very atmospheric project. Good presentation. Some good research. Well-developed sense of work from idea to concept. Worked well with the existing building. Enjoyed the project very much. Very architectural project, more than interiors. Projecting theatre idea was very strong. Good starting point for the project. Atmospheric and powerful. Loved the atmospherics of the project and theatricality of the project. Back box over the canal is innovative. Loved the presentation. Seduced by the visuals, liked the concept and the quote starting point. Playful ness and flexibility is powerful. Reprogramming the interior is good. More resolved to be winner. Less romantic idea, better presented. More technical detailed thinking than others. More resolution in project. Adapted to context and awareness of the existing building and the repercussions of working with what is there. Important message for future winners. Kisho Kurukawa quote was an excellent starting point.

View Laura Metcalfe's submission

2nd Place - Evangeline Martin - Leeds Beckett University

Beautiful and poetic and original. Research is very beautiful. The ideas were very strong. Presentation is very strong and the dream quality is stunning. Memorable imagery and the sense of claustrophobia are powerful. Planning is very powerful and the section is very memorable. The scales are well controlled. Evocative spaces and imaginations were captured well. Project was challenging the conception of Interior design. Adventurous and ambitious. Lots of conceptual ideas not always resolved but the atmosphere is conveyed excellently. Good connectivity of the place, idea and space. More detailed exploration of the journey and spaces, grounding its esoteric qualities, required to make it a winner.

View Evangeline Martin's submission

3rd Place - Aime Vantonme - De Montfort University Leicester

Impressed at the ambition and the location of the project. 
This was a consistent project, well communicated and takes you through a narrative. Visually engaging. Good thinking cross the range of assessment criteria. Systematic but not boring. Very contemporary in the way that the overlooked spaces can now be reused. Technicalities to be resolved, spaces are possible and believable. Energetic and dynamic and showed a good grasp of urban planning and was well contextualised.

View Aime Vantonme's submission

The Judges

Dinah Casson: Casson Mann (Head Judge)
Morag Morrison: Partner - Hawkins/Brown
Gianluca Amadei: British Council
Jenny Jones: Jenny Jones Studio
Lynda Relph-Knight: Design Editor, The Drum

Graeme Brooker: Director of IE/Head of Programme RCA 
(convenor-without judging vote).
Graham Stretton: IE Fellow 
(convenor- without judging vote).

In show awards

Best 2D Representation
1st - Erland Firth - Glasgow school of art
2nd - Heather Potter - Middlesex
3rd - Rosie Marsden - Leeds Beckett

Best 3D Representation
1st - Kate Vickery - University of Brighton
2nd - Magdelene Bell - Dundee - Duncan of Jordanstone 
3rd - special mention from the judges - Jon Christie - Dundee - Duncan of Jordanstone

Innovation 2016
1st - Claire Flanegan - Dundee - Duncan of Jordanstone
2nd - Spaska Bondarenko - London Met

Best Course Exhibition 2016
1st - University of Brighton
2nd - Dundee - Duncan of Jordanstone
3rd - for their interactivity approach to the stand - University of the Arts Bournemouth

Judges comments

5 judges longlisted 11 projects, which then became 7 after first judges debate.
Four of the 11 commended (two votes from judges)

Beth Glew - Kingston University
Sarah M - Coventry University
Spaska Bondarenko - London Met
Zhang Wanju - UCLAN

Shortlist of 7 from 11 (3 votes or more from judges)
4 Commendations of the seven

7 - Beth Crossley - University of Huddersfield 
15 - Heather Potter - Middlesex University 
21 - Katie Jago - University of West of England
22 - Lina Lember - Glasgow school of art