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Eight entrants to sustainable design challenge shortlisted for live judging event

Eight entries to the Riverside Sunderland University Design Challenge (#RSUDC21) have been shortlisted for a live judging event on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

All interdisciplinary entrants, including those shortlisted by professional architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, planners, carbon consultants, and landscape architects, and from which winners will be picked by our industry leading judges, can be viewed on the RSUDC21 Youtube and CTI website.

The competition brought together students from right across the UK to collaborate during what has been a challenging year for many, with the judges stunned by the imagination, talent and passion which has been displayed by the teams.

Future thinking designs reimagine how residents might live, work, and play together in beautiful, low-carbon, multi-generational housing made with timber and timber hybrid systems which connect with nature, the history of the area, and work in harmony with the ecology of the river.

Entries from the students seek to foster a sense of community and sustainable lifestyles through their design, build and material selection, with all elements working together to achieve the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets.

Congratulations to the eight shortlisted entrants below, who represent some of the incredible emerging talents and future promise of built environment students coming out of the UK right now:

Team A: Elenor Naraidoo, University of Bath; Fathimath Ema Ziya, University of Bath; Heba Tabidi, University of Bath; Scott Thompson, Northumbria University; Sophie Whinney, University of Bristol, Wendy Young, University of Sheffield.

Team B: Callum Hewitt, University of Liverpool; Daniela Lopez Pardo, University of Gloucestershire; Jade Biado, University of Bristol; Kyle Henderson, Robert Gordon University; Madeleine Clarke, Coventry University; Samuel Briar, University of Bath; Zaleekha Iqbal, University of Gloucestershire, Freya Noonan, University of Bristol.

Team D: Ananth Balakrishnan, Cardiff University; Joseph Meehan, University of Bristol; Mohammed Numaan Amar, University of Birmingham, Tsveta Karagyozova, University of Sheffield.

Team E: Aleks Petkov, University of Dundee, Bozhidar Metodiev, UCA; Emile Louis Yariv, UCA, George Cocks, Graduate; John Kirtley, UCA; Ksenia Lenina, UCA; Matthew Willis, University of Bristol.

Team I: Boyang Xu, University of Sheffield; Hang Xu, University of Sheffield; Shen Zhekai, University of Sheffield; Weilin Lai, University of Sheffield; Xiao Han, University of Sheffield; Ziyu Li, University of Sheffield.

Team M: Aidana Roberts, Cardiff University; Brian Cheuk Yan Ho, University of Bath; Chian Ying Xuan, University of Sheffield; Dakari Brathwaite, University of West London; Kersten Chandy Mathew, Cardiff University, Milda Klimanskyte; University of West London, Oisin Higgins, University College Dublin.

Team R: Andrew Spence, Teesside University; Casling-Andoniou, Teesside University; Sarah Warrick, Teesside University; Lauren, Teesside University

Team T: Ian Ojwang, Edinburgh University; Jamie Hardcastle, Anglia Ruskin University; Jay Marchant, Anglia Ruskin University; Kieran Sullivan, Anglia Ruskin University; Oliver Kearin, Anglia Ruskin University; Poshan Ghale, Anglia Ruskin University

Our shortlisted teams will present their creations to our judges on the morning of Wednesday, 30 June 2021, followed by an Awards Ceremony in the evening where the winner of RSUDC21 will be announced.

RSUDC21 Awards Evening (18.00 to 19.00 BST):

Sunderland City Council, The Ministry of Building Innovation and Education (MOBIE), and the Timber Development UK (TTF and TRADA) University Engagement Programme would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to all entries, which were all outstanding quality.

We would like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors who have made RSUDC21 possible. This includes the Confederation of Timber IndustriesAccoyaRothoblaasTimber Decking and Cladding AssociationDesignPHPEFCAlliance for Sustainable Building ProductsWood for Good, and BSW.

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