North Tyneside student Alfie Lamaque was among the winners of a design competition at Newcastle’s Discovery School.
Teams of students spent six months drawing up architectural plans for a children’s nursery as part of an industry partnership project organised by the city’s Ryder Architecture and Cundall Engineering offices.
Alfie, 14, of Cullercoats, was part of a three-strong team with Anthony Chilley, 16, of South Shields, and Hamza Abdul Gany, 15, of Denton in Newcastle.
Anthony said: “We were shocked when we won because we were a small team of just three. We learned an enormous amount and really enjoyed it. We now know a lot more about architecture.”
The designs were judged by representatives of Ryder Architecture, Cundall Engineering, Northern Architecture and the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Project co-leader Paul Milner said: “All of the teams embraced the project and demonstrated an amazing range of skills and knowledge, but the winning team of Hamza, Alfie and Anthony excelled in conveying a strong design narrative from an architectural and engineering perspective.
“Their journey was not without its difficulties, but they were able to learn from and identify their mistakes, which was equally important to the judging panel.”