Birmingham student Marc Turley is celebrating early-career success after winning The Space - a design competition organised by professional and financial services lobby group Birmingham Future.
Mr Turley is currently studying for a postgraduate diploma in architecture at the University of Central England while working part time for Birmingham architecture firm, D5.
The competition, which was launched this year, encourages design and architecture students from the city's higher education institutions to let their imaginations run wild and present their ideas for a new city landmark to fill one of nine selected ' spaces' around the city.
Although the ideas are unlikely to become reality, the competition's conceptual format provided a valuable opportunity for students to apply their design skills to a typical commercial project.
The winning design - a registry office inspired by the work of Peter Eisenmann and comprising individual spaces arranged on a grid to illustrate the links between birth, death, marriage and divorce - was selected by a panel of judges, including Philip Singleton, Martin Brown and Simon Delahunty-Forrest, from Birmingham City Council's city design team.
Mr Singleton, city-centre adviser at Birmingham City Council, said: "The Space showcases the talents of the city's upandcoming art, design and architecture students and helps them to apply the skills they have learned during their course to key city-centre sites.
"The city is home to a wealth of young design talent and by taking part in the competition students have not only had an opportunity to showcase their work to industry leaders, but also to buildup a portfolio that will support their future job applications."
Warren Jukes, director at Associated Architects and member of Birmingham Future's citycentre team, added: "As the ongoing regeneration of the city has shown, innovative and inspirational design plays a crucial role in developing the city's image.
"Iconic developments such as Bullring and Brindleyplace have already done much to raise Birmingham's profile and it is crucial to the city's continued economic success that this process continues."
The competition was backed by a wide range of Birmingham firms, with Associated Architects, Birmingham Architectural Association, Birmingham City Council, Davis Langdon, Phoenix Beard, Royal Institute of British Architects West Midlands and UCE all providing support.
Clare Jenkins, of RIBA West Midlands, said: "We're delighted to be associated with The Space and have been very impressed by the standard of entries.
"Supporting the next generation is crucial to the industry's continued development and competitions, such as The Space, have a key role to play in encouraging professional excellence."
Commendations were also awarded to Jean Francois and Tai Fung Wai from UCE. Mr Francois also received the Birmingham Future Chairman's Award.