John Knight Student Award Winners

Committee members from the Midland branch attended the awarding of the annual John Knight Award at Birmingham City University.

A prize was awarded to the brightest landscape architectural talents on both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. As always the standard was high. Below are this years worthy winners, with our committee representative Johnathan Stephen:

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John Knight Student Award 2019

Undergraduate BA Landscape Architecture Prize: Oliver Haring

Project Title: The Heart of Digbeth

Project Details: Oliver’s project aimed to diversify the economy and land use significantly in his chosen part of Digbeth with a strong emphasis on reconnection.



Postgraduate Diploma Prize: Robert Colbourne

Project Title: Morfa Mawddach Farm-Park : Reimagining Fairbourne in the Event of Climate Change

Project details : Robert’s project  endeavoured to provide an example of an alternative approach to flooding and sea level rise, which valued a sense of place whilst improving the experiential and productive usage of coastal littoral zones.


John Knight Student Award 2018

Undergraduate BA Landscape Architecture Prize: Soteris Yerosimou  

Project Title: Looking to a United Cyprus

Project Details: Soteris’ project sought to create a cultural landscape connection along the 16th century venetian walls of Nicosia.  His project softened the divide between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities and created an interesting landscape that reflected the vibrant diverse communities which he sought to connect. Soteris articulated his ideas well verbally, using both drawn and visual media.


Postgraduate Diploma Prize: Fiona Lock

Project details : Fiona’s project was based in the Inknield Loop, Birmingham. Fiona sought to create a new urban fabric to the area that conceptualized the difficulties associated with navigation through the city. She focused on the creation of a care facility that catered for dementia and its surrounding area. She successfully used an iterative design process that was critical of her design decisions, recognized weaknesses of the design and helped inform her final presentation.


John Knight Student Award 2017

Undergraduate BA Landscape Architecture Prize: Nathan Beirne (pictured)

Project Details: Cardiff Waterside, Cardiff Bay.  Play as a driver of change.

Postgraduate Diploma Prize: Joelle Darby


John Knight Student Award 2016

Undergraduate BA Landscape Architecture Prize: Ula Bujauskaite (pictured)

Project Details:

Postgraduate Diploma Prize: Nathan Onions

Project details:   Reading – Restoring Native Landscape Typologies: Sustainability, Experience, Ethics                               


John Knight Student Award 2015

Undergraduate BA Landscape Architecture Prize: Gabija Tamasauskaite 

Project Details: Moccas Park – A healing landscape to transform a fascinating landscape which already provides many benefits to the local community and ecology.

Postgraduate Diploma Prize: Alice Claydon


Project details:   ‘Sitopia – A 21st Century Garden City’:

This project explores how fundamental issues facing modern society such as climate change, unhealthy lifestyles and economic uncertainty can be addressed through the concept of a ‘Sitopia’ (‘sitos’ – food, ‘topos’ – place).                                                                 

Judged by Graham Woodward (Chair of LIM, Atkins Birmingham), Kate Slegg-Newton (Capita) and Dan Martyr (Node Urban Design)

John Knight Student Award 2014

Undergraduate BA Landscape Architecture Prize: Ula Bujauskaite

Project on  the Shrewsbury West Mid Show Ground, exploiting the site in a sustainable manner and taking advantage of its adjacency to the River Severn and it’s propensity to flood.

Postgraduate Diploma Prize: Christopher Watts

Project on Kidderminster Blue Landscape, a pioneering hydrological landscape with opportunities for leisure, entertainment and education.        


Judged by Romy Rawlings, Mike Podmore and Eccles Ng.

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John Knight Student Award 2013

Undergraduate BA Landscape Architecture Prize:  Alex AGNEW

Project on Icknield Loop, Birmingham

Postgraduate Diploma Prize: Marine GOUDOFFRE

Project on Kidderminster

John Knight Student Award 2012

Birmingham City University Winners:

Undergraduate BA Landscape Architecture Prize:  Chris WATTS

Postgraduate Diploma Prize: Mara REDMAN

John Knight Student Award 2011

Birmingham City University Winners:

Undergraduate BA Landscape Architecture Prize:  Paul WILSON

Postgraduate Diploma Prize: Michelle ANDERSON

John Knight Student Award 2010

Birmingham City University Winners:

Undergraduate Prize:  Robert Norris

Postgraduate Prize: Steven Butcher

University of Gloucester Winners: Sarah Combes and Jake Fitzgerald White

John Knight Student Award 2009

Birmingham City University Winners: Jo Thompson and Danielle Jeynes

University of Gloucester Winners: Daniel Gould and Jason Benett.

John Knight Student Award 2008

Birmingham City University Winners: Steve Butcher and Mike Greaves

University of Gloucester Winners: Kate Jones and Gethin Owens

John Knight Student Award 2007

Birmingham City University Winners: Doug Holloway and Will Nicholson

University of Gloucester Winners: Briony Seymour and Giles Hopgood (Photo)

John Knight Student Award 2006


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