Ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent wins prize

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A FOR­MER Mac­cles­field stu­dent has been awarded a prize from the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects (RIBA).

Alexan­der McDow, a Mas­ters stu­dent at Ox­ford Brookes School of Ar­chi­tec­ture, has re­ceived an award for ex­cel­lence.

The 28-year-old was the win­ner of the RIBA South Prize at Ox­ford Brookes.

A spokesper­son for RIBA said: “The judges were im­pressed with Alexan­der’s pro­ject for Ever­glades Na­tional Park in Florida – the largest sub-trop­i­cal wilder­ness re­serve on the planet which boasts di­verse flora and fauna.

“Alexan­der pro­posed ways of strate­gi­cally re­lo­cat­ing and ar­chiv­ing the Ever­glades’ unique ecosys­tem.”

The judges of the RIBA South Prize at Ox­ford Brookes School of Ar­chi­tec­ture were Mark Ship­ton, chair­man of both RIBA South Re­gion and RIBA Ox­ford­shire Branch, and Dan Wadsworth of Jes­sop and Cook Ar­chi­tects.

The prize is awarded to a post­grad­u­ate stu­dent for over­all ex­cel­lence by the branch that rep­re­sents more than 600 ar­chi­tects across Ox­ford­shire.

The prize was awarded at Ox­ford Brookes School of Ar­chi­tec­ture’s end of year show for stu­dents’ work.

Alexan­der is orig­i­nally from Mac­cles­field and at­tended The King’s School in Mac­cles­field and Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form Col­lege.

He then stud­ied Ar­chi­tec­tural En­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Leeds, a four-year Mas­ters de­gree with an over­seas ex­change pro­gramme at Penn State Univer­sity, Penn­syl­va­nia.

He has now com­pleted part two of his ar­chi­tec­tural stud­ies. Qual­i­fy­ing as an ar­chi­tect in the UK takes at least seven years.

Alexan­der is about to join Hawkins Brown Ar­chi­tects – an award win­ning prac­tice in cen­tral Lon­don, whose projects in­clude the ren­o­va­tion of Park Hill hous­ing es­tate in Sheffield and work on Lon­don’s Bond Street and Tot­ten­ham Court Road Tube sta­tions.

He still has fam­ily liv­ing in the town.

RIBA has 40,000 mem­bers, with over­seas branches in Hong Kong, the Gulf and US.

Alexan­der McDow has won the RIBA ar­chi­tec­ture award. He is pic­tured along­side his win­ning en­try, a pro­ject for the Ever­glades in Florida

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