20th March 2003




An architecture student from Hull went Dutch on his university project and ended up winning a prize in a national architecture competition.


Max Chan (20), who came from Hong Kong to study at the Hull School of Architecture, has won joint third prize in the Architectural Student Competition run by the Eric Lyons Memorial Fund.


His ideas for a housing project in Rotterdam won him a cheque for 500 and will be displayed at the Royal Academy in Piccadilly next month.


Max, of Beverley Road, Hull, will be travelling down to London with his friends and course tutors on Monday 7th April for the prize-giving ceremony at the Royal Academy.


Joining them will be Cottingham-based Architecture student Dr Cate Bridgeman (36), whose entry in the competition was given a special mention by the judges.


An exhibition of all the entries will be open to the public at the Royal Academy from 8th until 21st April. In the autumn it is hoped that the exhibition will be on display for a period at the university.


Our tutor Andy Earl suggested that we enter the competition and I certainly didnt expect to win third prize! said Max. I dont know yet what Im going to do with the money but Ill probably spend it on books.


Andy Earl, senior lecturer in Architecture at the University of Lincoln, said all the students who entered had produced high-quality work.


The school is very pleased for Max and Cate our congratulations go to them and to all the students from the second year who entered the competition, he said.


Im particularly pleased that all six of our students will see their work exhibited at the Royal Academy next month that shows that our work bears comparison with the best in the country.


Its worth remembering that these students are halfway through their second year and the competition is open to all undergraduate architecture students, including third-years, so theyre performing very well in comparison with students from other universities.


Notes to news editors:


The 2003 Eric Lyons Memorial Fund Architecture Student Competition is run in association with the Association of Consultant Architects and sponsored by the Wates Group.


Michael Manser CBE RA chairs the judging panel which further consists of Marco Goldschmied of the Richard Rogers Partnership, James Wates of the Wates Group, Paul Finch of CABE and Peter Schmitt of the Royal Academy of Arts.


The Eric Lyons Memorial Fund was founded in 1982 to commemorate and celebrate the life of Eric Lyons, whose special contribution in architecture was as a designer of housing in the private sector.


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