Former Lewes student given prestigious architect award


A former Lewes student has been honoured with a prize for excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Aaron Bright, who studied at Sussex Downs College, in Lewes, was the winner of the Diploma Prize at the UCA Canterbury School of Architecture after impressing judges with his project to transform an archaeological site in Cyprus into a destination that encompasses a museum, seed bank and wedding venue.

The 23-year-old received his prize from Mayler Colloton, chairman of the RIBA Canterbury and District branch at the university’s recent graduation ceremony.

The Prize, which celebrates the talent of architecture students at the university, is awarded by two RIBA Branches that represents nearly 600 architects across the county. Aaron received a certificate and a cheque for £200.

Aaron’s redesign of the site at Fabrica Hill, in Paphos is, he says is ‘a platform for archaeological integration into the local and tourist culture’. The archaeological park features restored mosaics and caves.

Aaron’s design includes a purpose-built wedding pavilion in a conservation area of native plants and trees. For newly-weds, he includes ‘love pods’ – honeymoon destinations that soar above the landscape and have views into the romantic Paphos sunset.

Aaron has just completed his two-year diploma course towards qualifying as an architect, which in the UK takes at least seven years.

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