Sama Jabr wins the National Urban Design Group Student Award

The Francis Tibbalds Award 2016

Congratulations go to Sama A Jabr, a 2014-15 student of the MSc in Urban Design in the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. She has been awarded a prestigious national award from the UK's Urban Design Group. 'The Francis Tibbalds Award' is made to the top student entry annually. Sam won it for her work on the Laurieston area of central Glasgow and the award Ceremony took place in the grand Victory Services Club in London, on the 11thMarch 2016.

Sama’s winning entry formed part of her participation in a year long design challenge which was set by Glasgow City Council for students on the MSC in Urban Design. Her project demonstrated visionary ideas to improve the River Clyde Waterfront and the starting point of her scheme was the 'Glasgow City Centre Strategy 2014-2019'. The students involved conducted a very detailed analysis of all of the environmental, social, economic and physical features of this vast area and then in consultation with a number of stakeholders, they developed long term masterplans for its future development.

Sama focussed on the area called Laurieston (situated on the south side of the River Clyde) and on improving its connection across the river to St Enoch Square. Improvements were to be achieved through the creation of a number of well integrated active public spaces, some overlooked by the existing buildings. Sama has a background in architecture and she joined the MSc in Urban Design from Jordan. She distinguished herself by showing a sensitive balance between strategic ideas and detailed design solutions in her work, a quality that was recognised by the UDG judging panel.

The Department is very proud of Sama’s work and achievement. The accolade from the Urban Design Group comes with a £600 prize from the Francis Tibbalds Trust and also a good endorsement for our Urban Design course.

The 2015 National Urban Design Student Award judges felt that Sama's submission entitled 'A New Laurieston' had many notable features: a clear understanding of the challenge set for students, an appreciation of the structure of Glasgow's urban context, well-founded objectives and principles for regeneration, a logical design process and good graphics to convey the proposals for the area. It was a clearly explained entry and showed great professionalism. The judges were particularly impressed with the high quality of the entries received from the University of Strathclyde and therefore the quality of the course itself.
Louise Thomas, Joint Editor, Urban Design Journal

Sama reported:

During my year at Strathclyde we covered a wide range of subjects including; urban design theory, landscape, history, the development process and urban design policy and practice. All these subjects strengthened my understanding of urban design and also reflected on our design studio work.

Studying at the Department of Architecture at Strathclyde was extremely rewarding. My working capacities, especially in organizing, problem solving and communication skills were strengthened, both as an individual and as a group member.

I value my experience at Strathclyde greatly. I was given many opportunities to realize the importance of team work, develop a sense of maturity and responsibility and more importantly work in a friendly environment. I left the department heavy hearted, but knowing that I not only possess a firm base in designing cities, but that I also have another family.


All the urban design courses listed in 'Urban Design' are invited to nominate one student who is then asked to submit a limited amount of work for consideration. Eight entries are selected and three projects are short listed as finalists. The schemes are all displayed on the UDG website and group members are asked to cast a vote for the best scheme. A prize of £600 is awarded either as a single prize or shared by two students.

Our previous entry in 2015 was a team effort and they were delighted to be invited as finalists with their project ‘The Regeneration of an Urban Neighbourhood’ by Siti Anis, Sen Chen, and Osman Khalifa. In 2012 our Iain Brodie won the first price with his project ‘Gallowgate Renewal’.

The winners presentation panels can be seen in our Gallery.