A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2011 – Sust. Award Winner

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The annual Architecture + Design Scotland and Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Scottish Student Awards for Architecture were announced at a ceremony at The Lighthouse earlier this week.

Marianne Keating and Cara Shields from the University of Strathclyde won the Sust. Award for Sustainable Design 2011.

From left: Marianne Keating, Cara Shields, Sholto Humphries (RIAS President), Karen Anderson (Chair of A&DS)

The winning Project titled Stabilising the Delta: Banglades, addresses a number of key sustainability issues. It endeavours to provide a durable, economically viable mechanism for supporting a whole community. While eschewing an overtly traditional approach to design, it utilises traditional materials, acknowledging their inherent benefits in addressing the recurring climatic problem of flooding. The analysis of the socio/economic context which underpins the sustainability approach is well considered.



Colin Davis from the University of Dundee was also commended for his project City Archive, Dundee. His scheme applies careful retro-fitting of the existing building to enhance energy performance and to provide a durable and attractive solution to an exacting brief.


These awards, which are now in their 9th year, recognise the achievement of individual students and their schools of architecture. They are a mark of the continuing high standards of Scottish architectural education and ensure that both construction professionals and the public can enjoy the creativity and vision of Scotland’s future architects.

the judges this year were:

  • Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect, Scottish Government.
  • Edgar Gonzalez, Brisac Gonzalez Architects
  • Kate Hendry, Sust. Programme, Architecture + Design Scotland
  • Sholto Humphries, RIAS President Sholto Humphries
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