Showcasing Talent: A&DS and RIAS Student Awards for Architecture Winners Revealed

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(October 2020) The winners of the 2020 Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS) Student Awards for Architecture have been announced as part of an online awards ceremony.

The awards are in their 19th year and attracted a record-breaking 96 entries from Scotland’s five schools of architecture.  The winning projects range from intergenerational housing to a post-apocalyptic ark, a floating music recital space, to a large peace park in the heart of Glasgow.

The awards feature five categories highlighting urban design, sustainability, drawing, as well as two overall prices for best third year and best fifth year student.

Winning Projects

The winner of the A&DS Award for best third year student is Lily Whitehouse from the Glasgow School of Art for her project “Amphibious”. It is a project which explores a building which co-exists on land and on water. The judges commented “from the moment of encounter of this project from a trout’s perspective, one is reeled in. This is a contextually considered project, which draws on the memory of place (Balloch’s history), and people (childhood journeys and adventures), and yet is not nostalgic.”

An illustration of swimmer under water looking up at a floating pavilion as part of a submission to the student awards for architecture
Amphibious by Lily Whitehouse – Glasgow School of Art

The RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best 5th Year student of architecture goes to Mohannad Khalaf, University of Strathclyde for his project SELF & OTHERS: Towards Glasgow as an Inter-subjective Project. The judges thought this project was “a bold, spiritual project exploring a series of spaces and divisions in Glasgow. It has a very brave brief resulting in a powerful contemplative project; where tension turns into architecture. It was refreshing to see a project take something like this on and explore social sustainability in this manner.”

A birds eye view of a park in Glasgow showing a large building shaped like a ball, and a large arc which stretches across an existing building.
Self & Others – Mohannad Khalaf – University of Strathclyde

Challenging Year for Students

Speaking about the awards, Architecture and Design Scotland’s chief executive Jim MacDonald said, “I want to congratulate all the students that have participated in this year’s awards – 2020 has been a very challenging year for architecture students and we appreciate their talent and creativity under challenging circumstances. We are delighted to continue to work with RIAS and the Scottish Government to highlight the great talent in Scotland.”

The 2020 jury included Christina Gaiger, President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Jude Barber, Collective Architecture (this year’s guest judge), Ian Gilzean, Chief Architecture in the Scottish Government, and two A&DS Board Members, Alistair Scott and Bruce Ross.

The winning and shortlisted projects are available to view here: 

Selecting the correct stone

This is a pre-recorded CPD by SFGB which will have industry experts for the live Q&A on selecting the correct stone.

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