CSD CEP Design Student Prize profiles: Amy Twigg Assoc.CSD, Interior Architecture & Design

Every year we celebrate graduating CSD CEP student designers across the globe through in-person and online award ceremonies.

The CSD CEP Student Prize is awarded yearly to one design student from each of the CEP design courses who has demonstrated great work throughout their course, recognising their talents and constant hard work.

As part of our celebrations, we’re showcasing talented CSD CEP Student Prize winner Amy Twigg Assoc.CSD from Sheffield Hallam University about her design approach and plans for the future.

Sheffield Hallam University, Amy Twigg Assoc.CSD

Tell us a little about your work:

I was inspired to pursue design as a career after having my daughter in 2018, I had always wanted to be in the creative industry, but this was the perfect time (whilst on a career break) to apply for university. Throughout my time at university, I have explored a number of issues, including the climate emergency, social inequality and issues affecting children growing up in urban environments.

During my studies, I have been encouraged by my tutors and lecturers to understand who I am as a designer and what I want from my career. Over time, a theme began to emerge in my work of being drawn to the context of sites, and my tutors encouraged me to explore this.

Amy’s final year project, titled ‘COMMON GROUND’

In my final year, my project focused on landscape design. The project, based at the Sheffield Train Station, created a public space which would accommodate use for people to enjoy and care for the Porter Brook River which runs alongside it. The project aimed to provide a much-needed respite from the busy urban surroundings. Alongside this brief, I also designed my project with natural elements in mind, as when an inevitable flood event happens, the park becomes a flood plain for the river to burst its banks without causing damage to the surrounding area.


Amy receiving her CEP award. L to R: Gordon Young MA, Principal Lecturer in Design and regional and Global engagement lead at Sheffield Hallam University, Amy and Richard Evans MA, FHEA, Principal lecturer and Quality lead for the Department of Art and Design Sheffield Hallam University

What does being awarded the CSD CEP Student Prize mean to you?

Being awarded the CEP prize means a lot to me, it’s been a challenging three years for myself and my family as I have put my all into my studies, so for us to receive this award, shows that hard work does pay off. It has inspired my children too!


What’s next for you?

I am now working as a Landscape Assistant at Ares Landscape Architects in Sheffield, where I get to work on a variety of exciting projects, including schools and public realm schemes – I am learning so much. In the future, I want to pursue Chartership with the Society.

I am also teaching part-time on the Interior Architecture and Design course from which I have just graduated, helping first-year students to learn Vectorworks and final-year students with their portfolios and concept development.

I’m excited for the future and appreciate this award for recognising my work.

Amy’s final year project, titled ‘COMMON GROUND’ 2

Where can we find you?

You can find me via the CSD Find-a-Designer here.

Are you an Interior Architecture and Design student?

Individuals who have recently graduated, are in the early phases of their Interior Architecture and Design career or have the required equivalent competencies can apply to join CSD as Associate members. Learn more about CSD Associate membership here.