The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is delighted to announce that the Faculty’s long term partners VOLA UK have renewed and increased their awards given annually to Interior Architecture students in recognition of their talent and excellence.

For the past six years, VOLA UK have generously acknowledged student excellence at each level on the Interior Architecture BA Honours course, through the VOLA Prize for Interior Architecture. Starting with the current academic year, there will be new and increased prizes available for Westminster students.

A new prize of £500 for best model or material exploration during Year 3 will be awarded, and increased prizes in existing categories will include £750 each for best overall portfolios for Years 1 and 2, and £1,000 for Year 3.

Our partnership with VOLA UK has been multifaceted and goes beyond the annual End of Year awards ceremonies. In addition to these generous student prizes, VOLA UK have also offered significant opportunities for students to exhibit their work at the VOLA International Studio on Great Portland Street. For example, in 2012, nominated students were invited to exhibit their work in the Studio, as part of the 2012 London Design Week Festival. VOLA UK also hosted an opening party to mark the special occasion.

The following year, Year 1 students used the Studio for their design brief. VOLA UK National Sales Manager, Amaya Eastman, acted as a ‘client’, setting a challenging brief for a 21st century showroom. The students surveyed the space, drew and modelled their propositions and finally presented their ideas to the client. Every year since 2011 a group of students has been invited for a lecture and demonstration at the Studio, as part of their Professional Practice module.

The Interior Architecture BA Honours programme offers students a unique insight and ability to practice in a variety of areas of design. The University of Westminster is one of the UK's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment inspiring more than 2,000 students at its teaching base at Marylebone, in central London. The Faculty’s research quality was recognised in the recent Research Assessment Exercise, with 20 per cent of the research submitted judged as ‘world-leading’, and 45 per cent judged as ‘internationally excellent’.

Ro Spankie, Course Leader for Interior Architecture BA Honours, Department of Architecture, commented: “We are thrilled to benefit from the long term support of VOLA UK, and to be able to recognise our students’ hard work and talent through these generous prizes

Learn more about the Interior Architecture BA Honours course.

Image: View from Great Portland Street (image credit: Olivia Dunin)

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