BAS student wins 2021 Undergraduate Co-op Student of the Year Award

March 21, 2022

A student at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism — described as “one in a million”— has been named the winner of the 2021 Undergraduate Co-op Student of the Year Award at Carleton University. 

Claire de Jeu is in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program in the design stream. She is currently completing her third work term at L360 ARCHITECTURE, with offices in London, ON and Timmins, ON. 


Paul Loreto, owner and primary architect of L360 ARCHITECTURE, nominated her for the award, which carries a $500 prize. 


In his nomination, Loreto called de Jeu a “one in a million” co-op student, saying she brought immeasurable value to L360 ARCHITECTURE from the moment she entered their office and showed her personality, integrity, and maturity.  


Loreto highlighted that one of de Jeu’s tasks was to develop marketing submissions, including the brochures that are part of responding to RFPs or Request-for-Proposal calls.   


“There had also been many different people assigned to create RFP responses in the past, leading to many formats and many approaches within the writeup text,” she says. 

She became the point person for creating the written and graphical portions of the RFPs.“I created a standard layout template which was contemporary, which amalgamated different writeups from various past RFP response documents and which included only the most ideal marketing images from our portfolio,” she explains. 


According to Loreto, the brochures she developed helped L360 promote its business through online marketing to prospective clients, resulting in a large increase in interest from people seeking architecture firms. 


Her efforts led to several close project awards, one successful award, and a positive response from a client who had previously consistently refused the company’s bids for Vendor of Record status.  


She has been involved in working on the company’s website redevelopment and multiple technical projects for large institutional and municipal clients. She has also worked on projects for private clients and developers, involving interior design, interior architecture, space planning, and floor plan creation.  


The Co-op Awards are presented each year to recognize the outstanding achievements, contributions, and performances of the university’s co-op students and their employers.  


Read her story and see the other winners on the webpage of Carleton’s Co-operative Education Office. 


View an Instagram video where Claire de Jeu shares advice on how to have a meaningful and successful co-op placement.