Construction Student Shortlisted for National Architecture Technology Award

15 August 2018 | Construction & the Building Trades

City College’s Simone Gray is making a name for herself as an innovative industry leader after being named as a finalist in the Architectural Technology awards.

The Architectural Technology awards recognise outstanding achievement and celebrate excellence in architectural technology globally.

Simone entered her report on Special Educational Needs facilities into the student category of the competition. Her research focused on features that could be incorporated into a mainstream school that are necessary for the inclusion of children with additional needs. The report touched on layouts of classrooms, acoustics, outdoor spaces and facilities which are vital factors in fulfilling the needs of all children.

Simone studies the Foundation Degree in Construction at City College, she said: “This report is something I am incredibly passionate about. Getting to research and explore architectural solutions to help those with special needs is something I never thought I would be able to do but studying at City College has allowed me to do this.

“I am over the moon – I can’t really believe I am a finalist in this international competition. It’s great to have all my hard work recognised and I’m looking forward to attending the awards in September.”

City College’s Programme Leader in Construction and Built Environment and Simone’s project supervisor Dr Gursewak Aulakh, said: “We are very proud of Simone. This is a fantastic achievement and goes to show the high quality of the work produced by students here at the College. Simone’s report is fantastic and could make a real difference to young people with special needs. She is very worthy of this recognition and we hope she is crowned the winner.”

The winner will be announced at the Architectural Technology awards on Friday 14 September at a special ceremony in London.

Those interested in a career in construction can find out about the full range of full and part-time study programmes, adult education courses and Apprenticeships at one of City College Plymouth’s summer events. Visit or call 01752 305300 to register your interest.

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