Samukeliso scoops student architecture award

A prestigious prize has been awarded to an outstanding University of Wolverhampton student, Samukeliso Mafa, for her high-quality architectural design work.

The prize has been awarded annually by Tweedale, in a six-year strong partnership with the university.

Samukeliso recently graduated from the BSc Hons Interior Architecture and Property Development course with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) and said receiving the Tweedale Prize for Architectural Design was the cherry on the cake.

Samukeliso said: “Our final year project was focussed on the existing HSBC bank in Wellington, Telford. The client was the Clifton Project, who were also the judges for the architectural award.

“Phase one of the project was to design a coffee shop and cinema with a bar downstairs and then for phase two we were able to come up with our own design proposals for the upstairs part of the building. I chose to do a restaurant with exhibition space and offices. I think they liked my final design because I focussed on elements for the restaurant that we know make people happy. Through my research I found that wood makes people feel comfortable, while views of the outside make people feel calm and natural ventilation makes them feel like they are outside.

“I enjoyed doing the project and my family are so proud that I’ve not only received a 1st class honours degree but that I’ve been presented with this prestigious award.”

Tweedale has been the award’s sponsor for the past six years and a number of previous award winners have gone on to work at the practice. Tweedale’s managing director Terry Reynolds, who presented Samukeliso with her award, said they are pleased to continue their support of the university.

“As well as the award we also go to the university to do seminars and lectures – it is our way of giving something back to the university,” he said. “Previous winners of the award have gone on to work for us here at Tweedale, where we continue to support them on their career path as Architects and Architectural Technologists.”

Colin Orr, head of department for architecture at the university, said: “It’s wonderful to have had the support from Tweedale over the last six years and I hope it will continue for many years to come. It’s a very prominent regional practice and students are always pleased to win an award from such a highly regarded firm.

“This is a very competitive award and I’m pleased to say that a number of recent winners have been female. This is a positive thing as the industry is typically male dominated, so it is great to see women coming to the forefront in this way.”