We caught up with Aaron Folkes from Birmingham School of Architecture about entering the Student Designer Awards.
How did you find out about the APS Student Designer awards?
My university introduced me to the APS Student designer award, as part of our technical resolution module.
What made you decide to enter?
The opportunity to showcase how Health and Safety is being considered and integrated into education, helping to inform the next generation of designers on the considerations required throughout the design process.
What was your project about?
An affordable housing scheme in a dense inner city borough of Birmingham, looking to encourage social cohesion and diversity through the manipulation of thresholds. This agenda resulted in a dynamic and complex proposal for the dwellings, and considerable contouring of the site.
How did it feel to be shortlisted?
Being shortlisted was an absolute honour - there is no better recognition of the work you have produced.
What would you say to anyone considering entering?
Enter! The award recognises your contributions to the profession, even within an academic context. Student designers are the future, and integration of Health and Safety at an early stage is critical to ensuring safety both during construction and when the building is in occupation. As an extra bonus, the awards evening is a fantastic event to be part of.