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Talented architecture student scoops national award


A Leeds Beckett University student has been described as having ‘the X Factor’ after winning a prestigious property award.

Eunice and Matthew Brooke Peat at the Women in Property awards

Eunice John, an Architectural Technology student, has won the ‘Best of the Best’ prize at the 2019 Women in Property National Student Awards.

She beat off competition from over 137 regional contenders to win the award, which celebrates the achievements of young women studying Built Environment degrees.

Eunice’s passion for social housing and sustainable design were key in setting her apart from the other finalists, with judges also praising her ‘can-do attitude, humility and hunger to develop.’

Speaking about the win, Eunice said: “It was amazing, to be honest, because I didn’t expect it to happen at all.

“After meeting the other finalists, I thought they were all so impressive, so to win above them was the biggest shock to me.”

Eunice is currently on a year-long placement at Harrogate based SMR Architects, and already has plans in place once she graduates from university.

“I’d like to work towards becoming chartered. I’m interested in sustainable commercial schemes, because that’s not something that’s perhaps as common as it should be.

“I’d love to work on those projects.”

Dr Matthew Brooke-Peat, Course Director, Architectural Technology, said: “Eunice is very committed to her studies in Architectural Technology and she is proactive in seeking opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills. 

“She always approaches challenges with enthusiasm and her academic performance is consistently excellent.  Eunice embodies all the attributes of an ambassador for Women in Property.”


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