Seth Benn

Dales sixth former Seth Benn has been inspired by our Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) competition for flexible housing as he works towards his ambition of becoming an architect.

Seth is completing an architectural work experience project with us, focusing on the competition, which aimed to select designs to meet the needs of young people living and working in rural areas across the Lakes and Dales. The winning designs, for sites at Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Burneside, are currently being worked up.

Seth said: “This is a perfect fit with my Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which I am researching and compiling alongside my A levels and will be invaluable to helping me secure a place on an Architecture degree course.

“My ultimate aim is to return to the Dales as an architect and run my own business here.

“The RIBA winning designs are creative and cutting edge and I think it’s a great step forward for young people and others seeking affordable, sustainable, eco thrifty housing that GPLD has put this on the agenda and is striving to make it happen. The chance to engage with the shortlisted and winning designs is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to visiting the completed housing projects.”

Seth lives in Threshfield and goes to Ermysted’s Grammar School in Skipton. As well as being passionate about design, he is a keen sportsman.

He said: “I feel incredibly fortunate to live in the Yorkshire Dales. You just have to scratch beneath the surface to discover a wealth of art, culture and sport such as fell running and rugby, so there is always plenty to be involved in. Equally I also love living with the peace, quiet, space and fresh air.”

Seth Benn