The Golden Crown design by 20-year-old-student selected for Queen Elizabeth Prize 2015 trophy

The Golden Crown has been chosen as the design of the trophy for the Queen Elizabeth Prize 2015, designed by 20-year-old Euan Fairholm.

The Golden Crown
The Golden Crown

Glasgow University mechanical engineering student Farholm won the 2014 Create the Trophy Competition to design the award, also receiving £2000.

He was judged the winner by a panel of six judges including John Sorrel, University of Arts, London chairman;  Roma Agrawal, Structural Engineer at WSP; Wired editor in chief David Rowan and engineering student Jennifer Leggett, who won the Create the Trophy competition in 2013.

Create the Trophy judges Sir John Sorrell, Roma Agrawal and Mark Miodownik
Create the Trophy judges Sir John Sorrell, Roma Agrawal and Mark Miodownik

The panel selected a shortlist of nine final designs, from which the public was invited to select its favourite through Facebook, acting as the “seventh judge”, according to competition organisers.

Chairman of the judges and director of the Science Museum Ian Blatchford says: “Euan’s design best met the brief. We felt that his work illustrates our dependence on engineering and technology, and demonstrates the fact that modern engineering builds on the work of the past.

“His use of a crown in his design recognizes this as The Queen’s Prize.”

The Golden Crown on the right alongside the  former QEPrize trophy on the left
The Golden Crown on the right alongside the former QEPrize trophy on the left

The £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was branded by Landor and is an international competition which celebrates“a ground-breaking innovation that has been of global benefit to humanity”. The winner of the 2015 prize will be announced early next year.

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