Eastbourne student wins architecture prize

James Thompson, 21, winner of architecture prize SUS-151108-145655001
James Thompson, 21, winner of architecture prize SUS-151108-145655001

An architecture student from Eastbourne has won a national award after attracting attention with designs for buildings around Seaford.

James Thompson, 21, who studies at the University of Brighton School of Architecture was given the award after impressing the Sussex branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

His designs for a series of gallery spaces for Seaford Photographic Society as well as plans to rejuvinate a derelict pub in Pelham Yard were praised by judges Tony Foulger, Alan Cronshaw and Andy Parsons.

They said, “[The designs] demonstrated thorough research and a clear journey to a well-considered, mature scheme.”

The £200 prize from the Lovell Memorial Trust was presented to James at the Architecture School’s degree graduation ceremony.

James said, “The project developed into an architecture based on the elements and behaviour of a film camera.

“I developed the ideas of apertures, depth of field and perception of space to inform the design.”

James, who attended St Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill and Sussex Downs College, has just completed three-years of a seven-year architect training course.

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