UWIC’s grand designs at top industry show 

A TALENTED student from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) has scooped a top prize at the biggest graduate design show in the UK.

Alexander Strakhov beat off competition from thousands of students around the country to win the Spatial Design award at the New Designers Show Part 2 in London’s Business Design Centre in Islington.

Having graduated from Interior Architecture at UWIC’s Cardiff School of Art & Design last week, Alexander was awarded £1,000 for his outstanding design by Gleeds and one month’s paid work placement in the successful and growing Project Management division of the international company.

He said: “I believe it s a wonderful opportunity for young designers/graduates to actually feel and understand that all that time, effort and sleepless nights is worth something. It is such an encouragement and emotional uplift.”

UWIC’s Interior Architecture course are regular visitors to the show which attracts thousands of graduates and members of the industry and has been a launch pad for many successful careers, but could not attend this important event without the sponsorship from the Eastlake Design Partnership (edp).

Patrick Hannay, Course Director of Interior Architecture at UWIC said: “This year UWIC had the largest number of students showing quality work of any degree course in the UK .Through the excellent work of Alexander Strakhov, we are the outright winners for 2008.

“This is all about a demonstration of a consistent very high level of performance over many years, brought about by a very fine teaching team and colossal commitment from the students.

“Each year New Designers have given us pole position in the show as a mark of this programme’s quality of output. However given the massive cost of putting on such a show in London, none of this would have been possible without sponsorship from the Eastlake Group.”

Huw Moseley, managing director of eastlake design partnership (edp) said
“We’re delighted to support the Cardiff Graduate Design Show and New Designers in London, and through working with Cardiff School of Art & Design, edp is trying to give students a route to getting their creative ideas translated into something tangible.”

For further information contact Sarah Huckson, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: shuckson@uwic.ac.uk
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