More success for UWIC as student secures top award 

24/11/2008 00:00 


A RECENT graduate from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) has beaten off competition from all over the world to win a top international award in the USA.

Poppy Weston, who graduated with a First Class Honours Interior Architecture from UWIC’s Cardiff School of Art Design, secured the highly regarded award for CAD visualisation.

Student projects from all over the world are presented to a distinguished jury comprised of five individuals outside of AutoDesSys - the company who runs the awards and has created the Form Z visualisation software. The jury members are experts or theorists of computer aided design and are charged with selecting the award winners in a setting that does not disclose names of the nominees or school affiliations.

Twenty-two-year-old Poppy received top marks and comments from the judges for her visualisation of a brand new building for the Rambert Dance Company, who have out-grown their current premises so Poppy went about creating the perfect space for them.

“The whole thing has been an amazing experience as the awards were in Minneapolis – I couldn’t really believe it,” said Poppy, who is now working at an architect office in London. “I do believe that it has helped me to get a job as I was struggling before. I didn’t even know I had been entered as I was entered through UWIC – I loved the whole course.”

Poppy’s impressive accolade is the latest success for students of UWIC’s Interior Architecture course. Patrick Hannay, programme director said: “This is the third time in eight years that we have gained a major award at this annual event.

“There is of course a synergy between the quality of the content of the schemes design and its visualisation. It is this consistent quality of thinking and execution at the Interior Architecture course that earns its reputation as one of the leading courses in its discipline in the UK.
“This has been a very good year for the programme, with another top win by graduate Alexander Strakhov in London in July at the New Designers graduates show. They do us proud.”

Notes to Editors:
Poppy Weston can be contacted at 078824 77641 or 0208 883 4407

Patrick Hannay can be contacted at or 029 2041 6642

The jurors involved in this year’s competition were:
Craig Beddow, Craig Beddow Design, Architect, Minneapolis, MN
Beth Blostein, Associate Professor of Architecture, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Robert Brainard, IDSA, RBID, Industrial Designer, Danbury, CT
Frank Elmer, FAIA, FAICP, Principal, Lincoln Street Studio, Columbus, OH
Susan Melsop, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Award recipients are selected based on the grading they receive from the jurors in the following categories listed along side the winners’ names. This year five awards of distinction and six honourable mentions have been granted. The nominated projects were divided in five categories: Architectural Design, Interior Design, Fabrication, Visualization/Illustration, and Animation.
AutoDesSys, Inc. announced the 16th annual student awards, at the annual conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), held at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. The awards were presented by Chris Yessios, President of AutoDesSys.

Awards of Distinction received a copy of form•Z RenderZone Plus and one thousand US dollars. Honourable Mentions received an annual academic license. Congratulations and prizes were extended to the winners at a dinner that AutoDesSys sponsored for the conference attendees. All of the winning projects can be seen at
With an academic program that involves Universities and some High Schools worldwide, AutoDesSys supports and subsidizes the “Joint Study Program” (JSP) to facilitate the teaching of design with digital tools - 3D in particular. Currently in its 17th year, the JSP offers the use of form.Z in academic departments that are interested in educating their students in the articulation of three dimensional forms. The goal of the JSP is twofold: It aims to promote education in 3D modelling and computer enhanced design, and to contribute to the evolution of computer driven design tools.  At the end of each academic year, the faculty members in charge of administering the JSP are invited to submit a report with feedback and samples of student work that are compiled by AutoDesSys into the annual Joint Study Report, aptly named "Partnerships in Learning".  In addition to this, each year, a guest editor invites colleagues from member schools to submit articles for the "Joint Study Journal", a collection of thematic and intellectually stimulating views that present new and challenging ideas in the fields of digital design. Edited and reviewed by prominent members of the global academic community, these articles cover various aspects of digital design and represent the work of faculty, students and researchers in the field. This is inspirational reading for anyone desiring to explore how advanced digital design is influencing the future of architecture as well as other industries engaged in three dimensional expressions. Both the JSP Report (on DVD) and the Journal (in print) are widely distributed in the academic community and form.Z users world wide as well as any others who may be interested in them.  There is no doubt that the form.Z Joint Study Program is unique, contributes to academics in unparalleled  ways, and remains a testament of AutoDesSys' passion for research, development, and its contribution to the advancement of the 3D industry.

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