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Trophy design winner announced for 2017 awards

November 03, 2016

Gray's School of Art student, Lauren McKenzie, with her winning trophy design.

Inspired by oil barrels and the transportation of oil over the years, Lauren’s design will be made from a combination of oak, ceramics and laser cut plexi glass, with varying colours for each award category. Judges were impressed by the variety of materials used in Lauren’s prototype and the thought behind her concept.

Ian Phillips, SPE Aberdeen Chairman and chief executive of the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre, said: 

“It’s clear, as it is every year, that a significant amount of thought and effort has gone into each of the students’ award designs. I am continually impressed by the creativity of students from Gray’s School of Art who always work extremely hard on this project.
“Lauren’s trophy design is a truly unique concept which looks fantastic. I have no doubt winners will be delighted to receive the award on the night and display them proudly in their workplaces.”

26 year old Lauren from Glasgow said: 

“I am delighted to have won this prestigious competition - especially amongst so many other brilliant designs.  The project has been great so far and I’m enjoying working for a client where I can experience working within a budget and to strict deadlines. I’m proud that my design has been chosen to be brought to life and presented to winners next year.”

Principal sponsor TAQA also act as judges for the trophy design competition, and they were delighted to see such innovative designs from the Gray's students. 

Sian Mutch, senior corporate communications advisor, and one of the TAQA judges on the panel, said:

"The level of originality from the students was very impressive and they had clearly spent a great deal of time understanding the oil & gas and renewable industries.
“It was a difficult decision, but Lauren’s prototype stood out for its distinctive union of wood, glass and ceramics as well as its professional finish."

The awards are open for entries until Wednesday 30 November, and the winners will receive their trophies at a black tie ceremony on Thursday 23 March 2017. We can't wait to see the finished designs - well done Lauren, and all students involved!  

 

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