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Student Eco-Design winner awarded

Strengthening the links between practice and academia, the Passivhaus Trust strives to equip students with climate literacy skills. We are delighted to partner with PHT member Ecological Building Systems and Lancaster University to reveal the winner of the 2021 Student Eco-Design Competition.

Katie Phillips Lancaster University Eco Design Prize Award Winner 2021

Developed to encourage and inspire first year BA (Hons) Architecture students in designing environmentally conscious buildings, the School of Architecture at Lancaster University has set up their very own Student Eco-Design Competition, awarding students who demonstrate innovative architectural solutions to tackle environmental issues. The winner of the 2021 Eco-Design Award is Katie Phillips who incorporated Passivhaus principles into her winning design.

We were delighted to work with Lancaster University to create the Eco-Design Award. We like to do as much as we can to support and invest in the future generation of architects particularly at this critical time as we move towards net zero carbon in the UK. We hope that the prize given to Katie relating to all things Passivhaus, helps to encourage her to develop these principles within her career.

 Penny Randell, UK General Manager, Ecological Building Systems

Image credit, Katie Phillips


Katie’s project, located in Lancaster City Centre, was based on an existing building sandwiched between two adjacent structures. Lacking in daylight and efficient ventilation, her brief intended to provide a solution which would improve occupant well-being as well as the consideration of environmental impact.

Designing a innovative void structure down the centre of the structure, Katie was able to provide daylight and an effective ventilation strategy throughout the house, in line with Passivhaus principles. Proving her ability to create a design that was both functional and user-friendly, the proposed structure would offer a comfortable home for occupants, eliminating the unnecessary use of artificial lighting and provide even temperatures in all interior spaces.

Katie now holds a won year student membership to the Passivhaus Trust and a subscription to Passivhaus Plus Magazine as her prize.


The success of this project is really important to me, because it has shown me how powerful a sustainable approach can be. It has motivated me to make this a central motif in everything I design. It’s the only way forward in the face of the climate emergency. 

Katie Phillips, Winner of the Eco-Design Award 2021


With several Passivhaus student competitions taking place throughout the academic year including the 2021 Passivhaus Student Competition and Ice Box Challenge, we are seeing more and more educational institutions committing to tackling the climate emergency head on by nurturing the next generation of young designers.

Further information

Student Eco-Design Award 2021

2021 Passivhaus Student Engagement

2021 Passivhaus Student Competition

2021 Ice Box Challenge winners

Ice Box Challenge Student Design Competition

14th June 2021

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