Young Sheffield architect scoops gold

Suki 's winning design of a building to boost trade in Whitby.
Suki 's winning design of a building to boost trade in Whitby.

Sheffield student architect Suki Sehmbi has been honoured with a prestigious award for his design work.

The 21-year-old Sheffield Hallam University student has won the gold prize in the undergraduate category of RIBA Yorkshire’s 2013 student awards.

He was honoured for his design of a building to improve the economy, environment and architecture in the seaside town of Whitby, North Yorkshire.

Suki’s project looked at boosting trade and economic growth in Whitby through the regeneration of a seaside site with a fishing dock and new community space.

The judging panel, made up of professional architects from across Yorkshire, said Suki’s design showed ‘successful understanding, study and making of place in response to the social context of Whitby’s maritime heritage’.

Suki said: “To win gold is a great achievement.

“I could never have guessed this project would have been selected as the best in the Yorkshire region as it was only two months ago I was frantically assembling it to hand in as part of my final portfolio.

Gabriel Tang, Sheffield Hallam’s course leader for architecture, said: “This achievement is the culmination of his hard work and talent and reflects the quality of architecture teaching at Sheffield Hallam.

“His determination and diligence has paid off.

“He has made us very proud.”