A TALENTED Chorley architecture student has travelled to America after winning an international design award.

Former Parklands High School pupil, Asma Dauleh, 23, teamed up with fellow Leeds Beckett University students Freddie Garside, 22, and Nick Husband, 24, to fight off stiff competition from hundreds of other entries, to be named as one of five award-winning groups in the The Better Philadelphia Challenge.

Founded in 2006, in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic 20th century city planner, Ed Bacon, the competition challenges university-level students to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia.

The trio, all first year Masters of Architecture students and who have become firm friends after they were grouped to work together for the project as part of their coursework, said they were thrilled and proud to be prize winners.

They won the Special Jury Prize for Alternative Energy for their innovative design entry and travelled to Philadelphia for the awards ceremony to present their project.

Asma hopes to work in third-world countries, in the development of self-sustained eco-settlement communities.

She said: “Our brief was to consider the future of Petty Island.

“Our idea was to turn Petty Island into a self-sustained research and nature preserve, which the public, families and school groups could access, utilise, learn from and enjoy.”