A DEDICATED student who attends Reading School of Architecture, part of the University of Reading, has received a prestigious award.

Rosie Clark, 19, from Sandhurst, was awarded a prize for excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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She was the winner of the RIBA Berkshire Society of Architects’ Conrad Birdwood Willcocks Award for Measured Drawing.

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This is the first year that the award, which celebrates the talent of architecture students at the University, has been made by the Berkshire Society of Architects - a Branch of the RIBA which represents nearly 500 architects across the county.

Rosie received her award from Jennifer Forakis, Chair of the Berkshire Society of Architects at the School of Architecture’s End of Year Show of students’ work last month (June).

The judges were impressed by her project, ‘Healing through Hydro-Therapy’ – an imagined healing space in De Bohun Island for people to recover from muscle injuries and for treatment for muscular diseases.

A range of pools with varying temperatures and water pressures are designed to be welcoming and calm and to provide a private, safe space for recovery.

The judges said: “Rosie’s drawings show sophistication and accomplishment.

“Overall the drawings have clarity, finesse and show a successful manipulation of texture and layers of colour.”

Rosie was formerly a student at Edgbarrow School and Edgbarrow Sixth Form and is about to begin the second of the three-year Part 1 (degree) course at Reading.

To qualify as an architect in the UK takes at least seven years.

Reading School of Architecture’s first students joined in September 2016.

To celebrate the first cohort of degree-level students’ graduation, the Berkshire Society of Architects launched the Award in memory of Conrad Birdwood Willcocks, a prominent local architect in the 20th century whose buildings included the Arthur Hill Memorial Baths and St Mary’s Church House (currently Bill’s Café) in Reading.

As well as achieving its first graduates, Reading School of Architecture has just obtained RIBA Validation, which means that its course and examinations achieve the standards necessary to prepare students for professional practice as architects.