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Griffith Students Reach Finals of Universal Design Awards

Universal Design Grand Challenge award

Two of the three ‘Built Environment’ finalists are Griffith College students.

Birgitte Albrigtsen and Gerry Triyadi, two final year Interior Architecture students, have reached the finals of the Universal Design Awards, for the ‘Built Environment’ category. Both projects worked from the premise of adapting a historic building for residential use, taking into account conservation, community spaces and more.

The Universal Design Grand Challenge (UDGC) is a student competition that promotes and rewards excellence in student projects featuring solutions that work for everyone. The UDGC invites third level students in their final two years of study, postgrads and recent graduates to enter their best student project to compete for the two National Universal Design Student Awards.

There are three ‘Judges Awards” categories in the competition:

  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Built Environment
  • Products and Services

Programme Director for Interior Architecture at Griffith, Britt Berentzen, said ‘We are delighted to see Birgitte and Gerry shortlisted for this year’s Universal Design Awards. This is the first time that the college has been nominated as finalists and with Griffith students making up two of the three finalists in the Built Environment category, we couldn’t be happier. We would like to take this opportunity to wish both finalists the best of luck and will have our fingers crossed on 23rd May!’

Nine finalists from colleges around Ireland will be judged on the presentation of their designs. Finalists will compete for the Judges’ Choice Award, the People’s Choice Award and the Enterprise Ireland Universal Design Commercialisation Award.

Winners will be announced 23 May in Dublin. We wish the very best of luck to Birgitte and Gerry!