Student Awards Reflections: Find that key design idea – Stanislava Delieva, winner in 2014

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In the lead up to The Architecture and Design Scotland and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2017  we got in touch with previous years’ winners to see what they were up to now, and what difference winning the award had made to their architectural career to date.

In 2014 Stanislava Delieva, University of Strathclyde, won the A&DS Urban Design Award and a RIAS Andy MacMillan Drawing Award commendation with her project Setting the Scene, Govan Graving Docks, Glasgow.

Where are you now and what are you currently working on?

Stanislava Delieva: For the past two years I have been working for a big international practice – BDP, in their Glasgow studio. Since I joined the practice I have been working in the Schools team within the office. The primary school project I am currently working on is reaching practical completion this summer.

How did you feel about winning a student award for architecture, and can you describe the winning project? 

My final year student project ‘Setting the Scene’ was an urban design intervention in the Govan Graving Docks. The project was initiated as an exploration of the methodology of practising traditional scenography and its interrelationships with architecture’s physicality and design of urban locations. My interest in scenography then led to my masters dissertation, which allowed me to conclude my research.

My university tutors then nominated the project for the RIBA President Medals. As an architecture student at the time I was really amazed and humbled by the recognition my work had received.

What impact do you feel, winning the award has had on your career?

During the awards ceremony I had the chance to meet a truly inspiring woman with an impressive career path – Angela Brady – who was a member of the student awards panel in 2014. Winning an award or any form of recognition as an Architecture student is a valuable experience preparing you for the competitive nature of getting the desired job, winning projects as a practicing architect and aspiring to deliver award winning designs with your creative work.

Reflecting back – what advice would you give to the students entering this and coming years’ awards?

The postgraduate course at the University of Strathclyde, and the support of my tutors, gave me exceptional artistic freedom of creating my own design brief in the final year and I could explore a theme I felt strongly passionate about. I believe that it is very important to find that key design idea and dedicate all your creative efforts in transforming it into a beautiful manifestation.

Image: Crookfur Primary School – refurbishment and extension of the 1970’s primary school and nursery. Image Credit: BDP

Main Image (Detail) by Stanislava Delieva from her original submission in 2014.

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