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Architecture technology students sweep the board in national awards

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Three Sheffield Hallam University students have cleaned up at the Chartered Institute for Architecture Technology (CIAT) awards, taking every gong on offer for the third year running.

Student Aimie Rimmington was awarded the CIAT Student Award for Technical Excellence in Architectural Technology for 2009 for her comprehensive design project.

The award recognises technical excellence by students on an accredited architectural technology programme. It includes a prize of £750, a certificate and a trophy, which were presented at the Presidents’ Annual Dinner Dance.

Entrants must demonstrate their achievement of technical excellence in design and construction. The Sheffield Hallam project was a hypothetical design proposal for the site at the southern edge of Sheaf Square adjacent to Sheffield Railway Station. The students were expected to produce complete architectural solutions for this key part of Sheffield's city centre.

Andrew Stanford received a Highly Commended award and Kieran Mappleback was given a Commended award, each for their work on the Sheffield Digital Campus project. All three students graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in November.

Norman Wienand, Head of Architecture and Planning at Sheffield Hallam, said: "Aimie's submission was an excellent technical project which reflected the ethos of the competition."

"Our Architectural Technology course is very special and winning the awards for the third year in a row reflects the high standard of the architecture programme, the support of our business partners and the dedication of the students."

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