5th April 2002


Embargoed: not for publication before Friday 26th April 2002




A Hull student who designed an ‘art train’ has won the interior design section of the prestigious RSA Student Design Awards.


Kong Hoang (22), who studies Interior Design at the Hull School of Architecture, has won a £1,000 Design Council Travel Award which will give him the chance to visit Italy to study the work of world renowned Italian architect Carlo Scarpa and to broaden his knowledge of design.


Kong will travel to the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) in London on 21st May 2002 to collect his prize and his winner’s certificate.


His design for an ‘art train’ making art more accessible to ordinary people will be displayed in an RSA Student Design Awards online exhibition from next month



The competition brief was to create an ‘art train’ - three standard railway coaches that can be attached to any train and taken to any part of the UK – which is visually exciting and fully accessible for people of all abilities.


“My interpretation is that the train transforms,” said Kong. “I wanted to increase the space on the train so I split it in half and used the platform for extra space.


“One of the main aspects of the brief was that that the art train should be accessible to everyone, so I’ve incorporated ramps, wheelchair access, sliding doors and clear signage throughout.”


The RSA Student Design Awards have run for more than 75 years and cover nearly all design disciplines including fashion, graphics, interactive media, product design, interior design and packaging.


Almost 2,500 students entered this year’s competition and winners from previous years include Betty Jackson, Paul Priestman and Jonathan Ive, designer of the iMac.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

or Kong Hoang (tel: 07939051614 or 01482 343656)

or the RSA press office (tel: 020 7451 6842)