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Sheffield Society of Architects is celebrating its 125th birthday by creating a shop window on young design talent.

The Society and the Royal Institute of Architects have joined forces to launch a 3D display in the windows of empty shops on Pinstone Street, with backing from social enterprise Integreat Plus, formerly regional development agency Yorkshire Forward’s Centre of Excellence for Regeneration.

Integreat Plus has brought together students from the schools of architecture at Sheffield’s two Universities and visual merchandising apprentices based at the Source Academy in Meadhowhall to create the displays.

Sheffield Society of Architects president Simon Gedye said: “Sheffield has two schools of architecture and both have a strong reputation for excellence. I believe that it is particularly important to support young architects and we’re delighted that this exhibition will promote their work in a place that is so accessible to the public.”

Andrew Wilson leader of the Diploma of Architecture course at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “The Sheffield Society of Architects has used this special anniversary year to great effect to bring together the two universities for this project. It has been fantastic to watch the students working together in such a creative way to showcase how Sheffield provides a such an inspirational city in which to study architecture.”

Sheffield Society of Architects is planning a series of events as part of the year-long celebration of its 125th birthday, including walking, sketching and photographic tours.

Highlight of the programme will be an exhibition next year which will focus on 125 buildings, places and spaces which have shaped Sheffield.