RSA Student Design Award 2023-24 winner: Powering People - RSA

Student Design Awards winners: Flourishing places

Brief 2: How might we collectively reimagine a regenerative future of the built environment to enable all life to flourish?

Winner: Chatham Mussel Project: From Dockyards to Dining Tables

A community-driven mussel farm in the ‘garden of England’, intertwining local farmers and promoting a sustainable food ethos.

The Chatham Mussel Project encompasses a food market, culinary school/restaurant, and re-purposing mussel shells for community infrastructure, prioritising eco-conscious practices and food culture appreciation.

Dougal Cusack Brown

Kingston University, England

 Winner of £2,000 Flourishing places Award | @dougal.cusack.brown | Dougal Cusack on LinkedIn

Commended entries

Highly commended

Mia Woodfall, University of Tasmania, Australia

Miyawaki Method: Creating community engagement and value through a Miyawaki Forest. This innovative method creates pathways for disconnected groups to become custodians of the land and addresses disadvantages by delivering skill benefits and cardon credits.


Archie Wright, Eliot Wolfert, Isaac Lee, Jamie Hooper and Maddie Goodman, Loughborough University, England

Canal Revitalisation Network: An innovative community run canal regeneration project that revitalises the waterway and enhances green spaces to form a vibrant urban environment for locals to visit, forming bonds with community and the land. The modular network is built from accessible materials combined with hydroponic water filtration, solar distillation and plant cultivation. 

Jiaxin Wu, Goldsmiths University, England 

Bio-Material 4D Printing:A biocomposite material formed from parametric design and 3D printing technology. The material is responsive to the surrounding environment and enhances built structures to be more energy-efficient.


Panisara Sapchartanan, Kingston University, England

Hairvolution: Regeneration of Chatham through Hair-Textile: A scheme that utilises hair waste as a biomaterial to activate sustainable circular process while creating employment and opportunities for local fashion and textile graduates and enhancing community life within the locality of Chatham.

In partnership:

Being a judge has been a privilege and an inspiration. The talent, diverse thinking and creativity was soul nourishing, these students showed a high level of passion and in making meaningful change for people, place and planet, a sincere congratulations to all who entered and I wish them every success.

2024 judge Paulette McAllister

It is inspiring to witness the dedication and talent of the next generation of designers as they tackle complex yet highly relevant challenges in the RSA Student Design Awards.

2024 judge Ollie Cotsaftis