Nina Jones and Will Bingley, who graduated with BA(Hons) Architecture last month, have been shortlisted for this year's Architects' Journal (AJ) Student Prize.
Now in its second year, the AJ Student Prize, celebrates the next generation of architects. It is open to all students on RIBA-accredited architecture courses, and invites universities to submit the best of final year projects.
Will is up for the AJ Student Prize at undergraduate level for his project, The Cornish Cloud, which analyses the scarred landscape of the Cornish china clay mining industry. It proposes a server farm submerged within the clay pit lake to provide free and sustainable cooling, and meets a local planning directive to enhance digital infrastructure in the nearby town of St Austell.
Following the success of last year, the prize has now evolved to include the new AJ Sustainability Award. Nina has been shortlisted in this category for her project, Co-Colour, which proposes the establishment of a community-run natural dyeing facility in Carclaze Pit, part of Cornwall's post-industrial clay-mining landscape. It establishes an environment in which a new residential development can grow creatively.
Tom Ebdon, Head of Subject for Architecture & Interior Design, said: "This is such a great achievement for both students, fantastic work! And much kudos to Nina who is shortlisted for the Sustainability Award - one of only two undergraduates in a shortlist of eight!"
Winners will be announced in September.