School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Student Commendations

Student Commendations

We are extremely proud of all our students, who often receive recognition from external groups and organisations. Here you can find details of the most recent commendations awarded to students and staff of the School.

University Research Scholarships

An undergraduate architecture student, Emily Birch, won a commendation for her research project Active Origami in November 2018. Emily's project was a series of lab-based experiments which focused on the accurate placement of Bacillus spore actuators, displacement and response rates to optimise hygromorphic actuator ribbon application in 'active origami'. Emily presented her research poster at the celebration event in November where she received a "Highly Commended" prize. 

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Architects' Journal Student Prize 2018

Newcastle University put forward nominations for the 2018 AJ Student Prize in both the undergraduate and postgraduate categories; Jack Sweet for undergraduate and Emma Kingman postgraduate.

Read full article here.

RIBA President's Medals 2016

Architecture graduate Allan Chong was awarded the highly prestigious RIBA President’s Bronze Medal 2016 for his design project Formless: – An Alternative Typology for Preservation.   Allan was jointly supervised by Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes and doctoral candidate Aldric Rodriguez Iborra at Newcastle University and originally came to Newcastle University through the INTO programme.

Adam Sharr, Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, said “This is a significant achievement for both Allan and the University as it recognizes how our research-led teaching equips our students with the skills and motivation they need to succeed in a competitive professional environment.”

RIBA Future City Competition

 Assia Stefanova was awarded second prize in the RIBA and CAA Visualising the Future of the City Competition 2015.  Assia was awarded the prize of £1000 for her scheme 'The Floating Square Mile, London'. 

RIBA North East Hadrian's Awards


Randi Karangizi was the Part 1 Runner-up.

Assia Stefanova was the Part 2 Winner and Rob Arthur was the Part 2 Runner-up.

Our architecture students John Harvey, Ole Petter Steen and Emma Kirk were also amongst the shortlisted candidates.


Ruth Pearn was awarded The Part 1 Commendation.

Nathalie Gilbert-Gray was The Part 2 Winner and Joseph Worrall was awarded The Part 2 Commendation.


Ruta Austrina (Stage 3 Graduate 2013) was highly commended for her Finnish Institute design, collaborating with an aerial dancer to consider the movement of space in a highly contextulised building for the Finish Institute.

Pamphlet Architecture 32

Matt Ozga-Lawn and James A Craig - PhD by Creative Practice

Matt and James, both lecturers in architecture, won the prestigious Pamphlet Architecture competition in 2011 under the name of Stasus: a starting point, from which explorations and forays into the unknown are attempted, documented and mapped. Focusing on the collaborative work of Matt Ozga-Lawn and James A. Craig, Stasus aims to be a rich and divergent zone for discourse on architecture and its interrelated fields and disciplines. Matt and James won the competition for their project titled 'resilience', published in Pamphlet Architecture 32.

This is the first occasion anyone from the UK (outside Bartlett and the AA) has been awarded the prize.

Director of Architecture Graham Farmer said: "This innovative and significant work will make an important contribution both to the reputation of Architecture at Newcastle and to the taught programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level".

RIBA President's Awards for Research 2014

Tom Bridgen has been shortlisted for the Outstanding PhD Thesis Award for his Thesis 'The protected vista: an intellectual and cultural history, as seen from Richmond Hill'.

Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship

PhD student Tom Brigden won the British School at Rome's Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship, a three month residential fellowship at the British School at Rome awarded each year to an architect or architectural historian.