Teenager who attended Crowthorne’s Edgbarrow School scoops honour for her draftmanship

A TEENAGER who attended a Crowthorne school has been given a top honour for her draftsmanship.

Rosie Clark, who is now a student at the Reading School of Architecture has been awarded the Conrad Birdwood Willcocks Award for excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The 19-year-old received her award from Jennifer Forakis, Chair of the Berkshire Society of Architects at the School of Architecture’s End of Year Show of students’ work, held just before her academic year ended.

The judges were impressed by her project, Healing through Hydro-Therapy.

This was an imagined healing space in De Bohun Island in Sonning. It would be an area for people to recover from muscle injuries and receive treatment for muscular diseases. Rosie’s detailed plans included a range of pools with varying temperatures and water pressures that are designed to be welcoming and calm and to provide a private, safe space for recovery.

RIBA’s judges noted: “Rosie’s drawings show sophistication and accomplishment. Overall the drawings have clarity, finesse and show a successful manipulation of texture and layers of colour.”

Reading School of Architecture’s first students joined in three years ago and this year saw it celebrate its first graduations.

Rosie’s award was launched by the Berkshire Society of Architects in memory of Conrad Birdwood Willcocks, a prominent local architect in the 20th century whose buildings included the Arthur Hill Memorial Baths and St Mary’s Church House (currently Bill’s Café) in Reading.

Rosie, who now lives in Sandhurst, attended Edgbarrow School and Edgbarrow Sixth Form. She is about to begin the second of the three-year Part 1 (degree) course at Reading. Qualifying as an architect in the UK takes at least seven years.

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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