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Howard Kent

Howard Kent - LCAG Natural Encounters Exhibition

Howard Kent / MArch

During my MArch studies I have been fortunate enough to have been shortlisted for the AJ Student Sustainability Prize, awarded a design achievement prize by the West Yorkshire Society of Architects, won a design competition for a collaboration with the Leeds City Art Gallery and was Long listed for the Jonathon Spiers Scholarship Fund. Achievements of which I am extremely proud.


The year before I entered MArch studies, during my Part 1 year out, I got married and started a family. Rather than completing a single year in practice, then undertaking my RIBA Part II, my workplace offered me the fantastic opportunity to continue with them at reduced hours in order to complete my MArch course part time. This has put stress on myself; juggling my time between work, study commitments and my responsibilities as a new parent. But the support of my family paired with my dedication, hard work and determination has so far paid off. 

Architecture Journal Student Sustainability Prize 2019 shortlist:

Following the submission of my design portfolio is 2019 for which I received a design achievement award from the West Yorkshire Society of Architects. Due to the principles of my design and the issues I aimed to highlight I was nominated by the school of Architecture and Design for the AJ Student Sustainability Prize. Much to my surprise I was shortlisted for this award and invited to attend an award ceremony. 


‘Natural Encounters Exhibition’ 2020 at Leeds City Art Gallery commission - The ‘Hive’:

As a result of a successful competition entry, I have been commissioned to create an installation for the ‘Natural Encounters Exhibition’ at Leeds City Art Gallery which will open in summer 2020. ‘The Hive’ will be made from white paraffin wax and galvanised steel mesh. Designed around the notions of ‘new nature’ and ‘artificial nature’ at 1.6 meters in height, it will be suspended effortlessly from the gallery wall. My sculptural installation will sit with its centre at eye level it will demand attention. With the help of projection mapping and accent lighting its uneven surface will play with shadows and depth as the viewer’s eyes are directed around and against its base. Facetted to be a contradiction, its form is merely a canvas which will be added to with carefully selected images aimed to draw the attention of the audience and to demand their participation.


Jonathon Speirs Scholarship Fund 2020 longlist:

The Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund is a UK registered charity that provides support to students of architecture who wish to enter the architectural lighting design profession. It has been set up at the behest of the late Jonathan Speirs to allow ‘A Student of Architecture to investigate the study of Architectural Lighting Design’. On the back of my design studio work I was put forward for this scholarship by the head of school Sarah Mills. 


Putting every spare minute into my course work and embracing every opportunity which was thrown my way has been the hardest yet most beneficial part of my postgraduate education and I look forwards to continuing over the next couple of years.