BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design student Ralitsa Yankova has received a Special Mention from The City Academy Awards for her project 21st Century Coffee House.

Ralitsa's project, created during her 1st year, proposes to revamp an existing 3-storey Southsea building to allow more interior light. The City Academy judges recognised the passion and quality of her work, and awarded her a Special Mention – despite most of the entrants being graduates.

The City Academy is an established initiative in Bulgaria that seeks to unite generations of professionals creating modern cities and buildings. Since its first competition in 2015, it's promoted the best work of students from specialised Bulgarian and international universities, in areas like buildings and interiors and urban environment and infrastructure. This year, 101 projects were selected, 80 of which were in the 'Building and Internal Spaces' category, including Ralitsa's.

Architecture Senior Lecturer Dr Phevos Kallitsis said, "We want to congratulate Ralitsa Yankova for her excellent work, and her courage and perseverance to submit her work among 80 other projects. It's an amazing result, which shows the high-quality projects of our students."