4 UCA students shortlisted for The Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award 2013

Four UCA Canterbury School of Architecture students from the 3rd year of the BA Interior Architecture & Design course have been shortlisted for the prestigious Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award.

Janine Stone founded the Young Interior Designer Award (YIDA) three years ago with the mission is to foster and encourage the next generation of design talent emerging from the nation’s leading universities. Today the award is firmly established as the pre-eminent national accolade for undergraduate design students.

This year over 30 universities took part and 80 design submissions were received for the 2013 competition. From this quality field, the esteemed panel of judges has now identified the 12 finalists’ design submissions. These works will form the design showcase at the Awards ceremony to be held at The Hospital Club, in Covent Garden, London on Wednesday 5th June 2013. The winning project and student will be announced at the elegant awards party and be crowned the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer 2013.

Janine Stone comments:

“The Young Interior Design Award is my personal way of giving back to the design community and we do this through working closely with IE and our very best educational institutions in the UK. We have discovered some extraordinary talent since establishing the competition and we have created a platform at which the most talented design students can display their work to the design industry. The awards ceremony is attended by many leading lights from the world of design, which includes our elite supplier base and the supportive and influential British interiors media. I am particularly pleased that we have found a way to connect young designers with the design and interiors industry in such a vibrant and dynamic environment, and I look forward to discovering the next winner for the 2013 Award”

The winning student will receive a cash prize of £10,000 and a 6-month paid internship at Janine Stone’s London studio, working with and being mentored by Janine and her design team. Their university will also receive £1,000 towards books and equipment.

The two runners-up places will each receive £1,000 cash prize. All 3 final winning students will receive the coveted pewter cube trophies.

UCA Canterbury School of Architecture's shortlisted students (click on student names to view pdf of full submissions):

Helene Forrester-Wood

Design Synopsis

This project, based in 36 Queen Street London, exposes the activities that bankers get up to in their private time, such as the use of drugs and prostitutes. This dynamic relationship between bankers and sex workers will inform the design of a structure that will display the sex workers as a commodity
for the bankers to purchase. The sex industry and trafficking is a social issue but I wanted a concept that would look at it from the angle that if you can’t fight them then join them; taking a more satirical look at bankers’ attitudes towards women and excess.



Michael Lau

Design Synopsis

Herbal Remedies is a project based on two separate communities: gardeners and therapists that programmatically occupy the same space in a building and operate at the same time. The programmes combine relaxation space, meditation space and a herbal tea cafe with professional advisors giving stress relief advice. The concept is to cultivate herbs in the space whilst also storing them for use in the herbal teas with their presence also creating a different atmosphere and cleaner air. The design focus within the creative hub allows both communities to co-exist in the same space.



Roanna Thetford

Design Synopsis

This project comprises of the cross programming of two financially disparate London-based communities and the ordering of a hierarchical relationship between them that is dictated to by the concept of whom is viewing whom.

The immediate juxtaposition of absolute affluence with that of extreme poverty remains a consistent characteristic of the capital’s urban fabric and the instance remains of a small minority power over the majority. Here this is subverted and in the proposal the normally disenfranchised majority ‘viewers’ achieve dominance over the minority ‘viewed’.



Rebecca White

Design Synopsis

A temporal space which shifts between three configurations to suit the needs of two contrasting inhabitants, 36 Queen Street is both a Livery Hall and Tenant Hall. The transformable interior imitates social structures; characteristics of both communities, creating two diverse environments. One of richness and grandeur for the banquets of the Livery Companies of the City of London, and upon rotation of the double faced panel, an egalitarian, white canvas is revealed for the exhibitions of the tenants of post war housing estates in London. However, both are connected through the utility of the Hall, together working to preserve their heritages.

This year the panel included the renowned international photographer, Terry O’Neill; leading British fashion designer to the Hollywood A-list, Alessandra Rich; the Royal Ballet’s gifted Prima Ballerina Leanne Benjamin; Graeme Brooker, Founding Director of Interior Educators; the innovative online book publishing entrepreneur, Raoul Tawadey and Vanessa Brady, President of The Society of British Interior Design (SBID).