A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2019 – Shortlist announced

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The shortlist for the 2019 A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture has been announced at the Annual Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture at the Lighthouse, Glasgow.

Student Awards Shortlist:

This was the first year that the student awards were open to all students at Scotland’s architecture schools. We were delighted to receive over 40 entries. The judges found shortlisting very difficult due to the high standard of the projects submitted.

The shortlist for the A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture for 2019 is as follows:


Category 1: RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for Best Scottish Student


No Borders ”Presence and Absence” – Douaa Arkoub, University of Strathclyde

The project is a tale of two cities. It is a reflection of six parameters of a city that is becoming a twin with another city for a short period of time while leaving its twinning evidence in both cities forever.

Thinking Outside the Bloc(k) – Stuart Donald Campbell, Robert Gordon University

Looking specifically at socialist housing precedents such as the Gosstrakh Apartments and Narkomfin building, Moscow by Moisei Ginzburg and Ignaty Milinis and the concept of the social condensers and communal living, the project aims to implement this for the younger generations of today’s society and to alter their perception of communal living i.e. the positive social and economic benefits to the individual and our society.

Performing La Vucciria – Ariana Monioudis, University of Edinburgh    

Palermo was once a city of pomp, performance and pageantry, today, palazzi are in ruins and the historic city a territory of abandonment.

Strangely Familiar – Jodie Kellas Wilson, Glasgow School of Art  

By creating an architecture and a new programme which celebrates the mundane city, the thesis transforms “anaesthetics” to “aesthetics”, through a new contemporary architecture which feels ‘strangely familiar’.

Category 2: Architecture and Design Scotland Award for Best 3rd Year Student

The Clyde Laboratory / A Folly sits in the Forest – Charles Dunn, Glasgow School of Art    

Sitting low, this Boat Recovery Centre is rooted in its landscape. Its form is closely related to the tectonics of the site and in turn allows the visitor to engage directly with the contour of the land throughout the building.

Denburn Health Centre, Dental Facility – Jennifer Marie Laffan, Robert Gordon University

As part of a larger master plan for a modernist health centre in Aberdeen (undertaken in pairs), this individual project focuses on the dental facility. The focus is on the user and staff experience, creating a comfortable, anxiety free environment.

nor’THEATRE – Rachel Catherine Kelly, University of Edinburgh  

nor’THEATRE is an architectural exploration into northmanship and performance. The building celebrates the theatricality of every-day life.

‘Sauchiehall Poetry Experience’ and ‘Housing Craft Based Business’ – Andrew Martin McCluskie, Strathclyde University 

Poetry plays an important part in Glasgow’s cultural history and the only Scottish building dedicated to poetry exists in Edinburgh and its recent extension removes the element that enhances the public realm.

Category 3: Architecture and Design Scotland Urban Design Award

Aberdeen Reclaiming its Waterfront – Jamie Christou, Patrick Harris, Cerys Mitchell and Thomas Proctor, Robert Gordon University

Aberdeen Harbour is the oldest existing business in the UK, with a deep and fascinating history stretching back over a thousand years.

Miln St: Dundee’s Creative Destination – Greg Dommet, Misa Elliot and Rebecca Foy, University of Dundee

Blackness was one of Dundee’s primary industrial areas. Situated adjacent to both the city centre and the universities, it is in a prime location for development, yet due to focus being on the waterfront, it has been allowed to steadily deteriorate over the years.

Nature on Edge: The Hebridean Resilience Platform – Dilyana Krushkova, University of Strathclyde

Home to over 1/3rd of Europe’s priority habitats, Scotland’s biodiversity is in decline. This is clear in the Outer Hebrides, where the archipelago’s remote location poses a socio-ecologic issue, emerging from the strong connection islander – nature.

Crafting the Liminal: A Clay Scaffold for Calcutta’s Pavements – Kate Le Masurier and Andrew Chavet, University of Edinburgh 

An irony exists between the two thresholds of Calcutta’s chaotic pavements. On the kerb-side, inexhaustible streetside commerce spills onto the road: textiles, woodcraft, pottery and metalwork, a hive of independent sustainable production gives hint to the wider intricate economic wonder of Bengal.

The Morphing Grid – Marco Zaccaria,   Glasgow School of Art

Located in Antwerp, Belgium, the project looks at a 7.5km long strip across the city of Antwerp and its surroundings. The project reacts to a complex, fragmented landscape: an unlikely mixture of farmland, port infrastructure, green belt, a modernist high-rise suburb, all in close physical proximity and simultaneously isolated from the city centre of Antwerp.


Winning Projects

The winners of this year’s student awards will be announced at the RIAS Convention being held in Edinburgh on 4thOctober. This year’s Convention will be focussing on the climate emergency as this is an urgent issue that is of great public concern. The shortlisted projects will be on display at The Lighthouse Digital Gallery on Level 2 from 20 September until early October. It will then return to the Lighthouse following the announcement of the winners at the Convention on 4 October.

Judging panel:

Ben Addy – Guest Judge, Director and Founder of Moxon Architects

Kuan Loh – Senior Architect, Scottish Government

Malcolm Fraser – Trustee, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

Caroline Parkinson – Board Member, Architecture & Design Scotland,  with Danny Hunter, Principal Architect, A&DS.


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