Stephen Tozer, a recent Interior Design graduate, has been nominated for a student design competition run by the Society of British and International Design (SBID).
Each year, the SBID invites students to submit their final projects to the competition, for industry recognition and a cash prize.
Stephen said: "I was incredibly surprised and elated to get shortlisted! Initially I was just doing it to get my work out there and seen, I was not expecting to be selected as a finalist. I am now very excited about attending the SBID event at the House of Commons!"
Since his recent graduation this summer, Stephen has set up his own company, Boaz Studio, and has been working on various freelance projects. These have included the new Lighthouse Writers' Space for our School of Writing & Journalism on Falmouth campus, a community arts centre and co-working space in Bodmin, Cornwall, as well as some smaller projects.
Stephen added: "Being a mature student, I felt that I needed to hit the ground running once I completed the course. I put my all into every project from Day One so that I was learning as much as I could, from the processes and presentations involved through to the software systems that could bring projects to life. It helped that the course operated as a 'live' studio, with full days working alongside the course tutors offering their knowledge and guidance. I still very much value the support from the Interior Design team and Falmouth University as I launch my career as an interior designer."
As part of the submission, students were asked to nominate their tutors for the Visionary Tutor award. Stephen nominated Jean Whitehead, Senior Lecturer in Interior Design, for helping him to push the boundaries, question his work, think harder and more creatively about design, and to use inspiring and innovative case studies for his course projects.
Jean Whitehead said: "I'm delighted that Stephen Tozer has been shortlisted. It is great for both Stephen and the course. The nomination [for Visionary Tutor] was unexpected, but it is always lovely to be appreciated. I look forward to the award ceremony."
The winners will be announced at the ceremony on 29 November 2018, in the House of Commons in London. The overall winner of the competition will receive £30,000.