18th August 2005




A talented student from the University of Lincoln will have her work displayed in the Netherlands after winning an international young designer award.


Fiona Pook (25), who is due to graduate next month, has scooped first prize in the TiLE (Trends, Technology, Theming and Design in Leisure Environments) 2005 Young Designer Award competition.


For her third-year major project Fiona designed an exhibition for the visitor centre at Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, USA.


A camping trip in 2002 provided Fiona with the inspiration for her work. “I travelled around America for three months with some friends and one of the highlights of the trip was a visit to Yellowstone,” she said.


“While I was there I noticed there was a lack of information for visitors on the volcanic activity in the park so I decided to base my project on the park’s geothermal features. These include the famous Old Faithful which is just one of over 300 hot springs, known geysers in Yellowstone.”


It’s the fifth time in six years a student from the University of Lincoln has won the award.


Young Designer Award chairman David Lang said: “Fiona provided a clear brief, which was very well worded and supported with excellent research and very comprehensive content. She continues the trend of very high-quality submissions being received from Lincoln and I look forward to meeting her in Maastricht.”


TiLE 2005, which is being held at the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre from 27th to 29th September, is an exhibition, conference and networking opportunity for operators of attractions, venues and facilities that are used by the people in their leisure time such as theme parks or museums.


Fiona is graduating on Wednesday 14th September at Lincoln Cathedral with a 2:1 in Museum and Exhibition Design.


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