Winners announced in A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2014

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Resilient Towns and Dramatic Designs scoop awards in annual A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Architecture Awards

The winners of the annual Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Scottish Student Awards for Architecture were announced at a ceremony held at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, on Thursday 17th July.

The awards – now in their 12th year – aim to recognise the talent of student architects and are awarded in a number of categories. Winning projects included an exploration of inner town living in Peterhead in Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Student Andy Stewart’s project “Resilient Towns (Re)inhabiting town centres” which scooped the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best 5th year student. The Judges commented that his project “is a powerful scheme with significant gravitas. […] This elegantly communicated proposal would generate a revitalised community through buildings which are both welcoming and appropriately civic.”

Rebecca Goodson, of Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) was the winner in the Architecture and Design Scotland Award for Best 3rd Year Student category for her project “Capturing Ephemeral Phenomena – Dalmarnock Civic Theatre Glasgow” which judges described as “An outstanding piece of work” for its “sustainable use of materials, long term returns from energy saving and perhaps, most important, social sustainability”.

Architecture + Design Scotland Urban Design Award went to Stanislava Delieva of Strathclyde University for her project Setting the Scene – Govan Graving Docks, which was described as “an uplifting and visionary approach with consistently strong ideas. […]This presentation starts with big ambitions and builds up from there.”

Architecture + Design Scotland Sust. Award for Sustainable Design was awarded to Jonathan Phillips, Roseanne Knight and Stephanie Sharpe, from ESALA for their project Towards an Integrated Garden City: A proposal to re-frame the post-industrial infrastructure Manchester, while Rebecca Goodson also picked up the RIAS Drawing Award.

Following the awards ceremony the winning entries will be on display in The Lighthouse, offering a rare opportunity for the public to see the best work of students from all of Scotland’s Schools of Architecture together in one space.

Speaking about the Awards, A&DS Chair, Karen Anderson, said;

A&DS is delighted to continue to collaborate with RIAS to highlight the high quality of work from the best students from Scotland’s schools of architecture. A&DS aims to support emerging practitioners and these awards and the supporting exhibition, allow visitors to see the high standard of architecture emerging from our schools of architecture.

RIAS President, Iain Connelly, commented:

Scotland has a proud tradition of architectural excellence. Our annual student awards mark the extraordinarily high standard of architectural education in Scotland. Students from throughout the world come here and Scotland’s five schools of architecture are major contributors to the evolution of architecture throughout the world.

The full list of 2014 winners and commended entries are:

The RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best 5th year student
Winner: Andy Stewart – Scott Sutherland School
Resilient Towns (Re)Inhabiting Town Centres, Peterhead

Initially built as overspill housing, Peterhead has experienced decades of residential development that has continuously progressed further from the town centre. The ‘copy and paste’ architecture on the periphery of the town has created generic, mono-functional communities that have left the town centre detrimentally neglected.
This thesis addresses the notion of a resilient town and refocuses the attention on inner town living as a means of changing the perception that suburban living is superior to that of the town or city.

Judges Citation:

Combining Scandinavian and Scottish architectural approaches, this is a powerful scheme with significant gravitas. It simultaneously addresses important issues about urban density, while providing a walkable, human-scaled, beautifully articulate proposition which greatly enhances the attractiveness of the harbour area and strengthens the town itself. This elegantly communicated proposal would generate a revitalised community through buildings which are both welcoming and appropriately civic.

Commended:
Douglas Walker – ESALA
This proposal combines careful, new build, interventions which are cleverly woven into the existing fabric. Delivering new life within areas of dereliction, a combination of technologically innovative and traditional approaches, albeit with a modern twist, produces a highly attractive and convincing scheme.

Architecture and Design Scotland Award for Best 3rd Year Student
Winner: Rebecca Goodson – ESALA

Capturing Ephemeral Phenomena – Dalmarnock Civic Theatre Glasgow

The ephemeral qualities of colour enable one to see the occurrences of daily natural phenomena in a new light. The perception of colour and light interactions are under continual flux. The theatre project explores the idea of civic, and the ability architecture has to create a sense of place by capturing these fleeting moments.

Judges Citation:

Both Models, drawings and particularly colour are intelligently used to interpret this scheme. Great care has been applied to producing an appropriately urban contextual response, well worked out and thoughtfully addressing the street. The sustainable use of materials, long term returns from energy saving and perhaps, most important, social sustainability are here in abundance. An outstanding piece of work.

Commended:
Marta Ascenso – Mackintosh School of Architecture

While the tower is highly visible within its rural setting, it imposes a small footprint upon the landscape. These eloquent drawings demonstrate great sensitivity in their rendering of a highly intelligent and well thought through internal layout, most apparent in the elegant section.

Jack Baker – Mackintosh School of Architecture

The contrast of natural materials and concrete is particularly strong with the materiality of the building providing a secure but welcoming internal environment. The building’s spaces are extremely well delineated and intelligently considered.

Megan Grierson – Strathclyde University

The adaptive re-use of historic structures is among the most sustainable approaches in contemporary architecture. This scheme carefully balances the provision of entirely new uses with the retained fabric of an iconic building, rightly recognised and here appropriately exploited as a signal object within the landscape.

Architecture + Design Scotland Urban Design Award
Winner: Stanislava Delieva – Strathclyde University

Setting the Scene – Govan Graving Docks, Glasgow
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. The city is a vast, multi-layered set presenting us with endless siting options. The neglected industrial ruin of Glasgow’s Govan Graving Docks is imagined as a vibrant performing arts venue in a scenic river park.

Judges Citation:

This is an uplifting and visionary approach with consistently strong ideas. Vigour, lack of restraint and unfettered ambition, some aspects of which are wholly untempered by practicality, come together in a paradoxically credible approach to an area of the city which could benefit hugely from this stimulus. This presentation starts with big ambitions and builds up from there.

Highly Commended:
Jonathan Phillips, Roseanne Knight & Stephanie Sharpe – ESALA

Drawing inspiration from the precedent of New York’s High Line, this proposal is underpinned by highly credible green infrastructure. Very believable and pragmatic interventions are overlaid upon the green route strategy to deliver a very positive and practical new solution for the city.

Commended:
Artom Tsapkov, Louise Patterson & Hannah Beatty – University of Dundee

Good research and succinct analysis combines with an acute sense of place to strengthen the existing urban fabric. This project works with the grain of the place and the existing hierarchy of routes, avoiding inappropriate architectural ‘bling’.

Architecture + Design Scotland Sust. Award for Sustainable Design
Winner:
Jonathan Phillips, Roseanne Knight & Stephanie Sharpe – ESALA

Towards an Integrated Garden City: A proposal to re-frame the post-industrial infrastructure, Manchester

The project aims to reconnect Castlefield with the urban grain of Manchester through the reframing of the disused Great Northern Railway Viaduct into an active street, infusing it with building programme and open space – ‘The Brownway’.

Judges Citation:

This excellent project has sustainability at its very core. Re-working industrial age infrastructure to create a green route generates the context for intervention, including appropriately scaled and carefully designed housing.

Highly Commended:
Andy Stewart – Scott Sutherland School

Re-building dense, walkable urban fabric utilising a highly energy aware materials approach, delivers benefits to both individual inhabitants and a more cohesive community.

Commendation:
Rebecca Goodson – ESALA

“Combining careful and appropriately scaled new build with the adaptive re-use of historic fabric, this sensitive and intelligent approach to re-making the city delivers sustainability in its materials and energy conservation. It also helps build a sustainable community.”

The RIAS Drawing Award
Winner: Rebecca Goodson – ESALA

Judges Citation:

This superb suite of drawings uses a number of different techniques, traditional and contemporary, to communicate a complex set of proposals, elegantly and attractively. The use of colour is particularly powerful, immediately engaging the viewer and thoroughly persuasive.

Commended:
Marta Ascenso – Mackintosh School of Architecture

The rural setting is rendered in a soft palette with fine line drawing emphasising the sensitivity of the building itself. It is thoroughly appropriate that the medium so elegantly aligns with the message.

Stanislava Delieva – Strathclyde University

Powerfully rendered, its tendency towards the bleak, uplifted by touches of delicacy and humour, this is a visually arresting and beguiling set of drawings. To operate within such a dark palette, yet render such positivity, takes very particular skill.

Douglas Walker – ESALA

Demonstrative of a considerable affinity with the place, these drawings indicate a tremendous command of the medium. The delineation of both context and new build interventions is handled beautifully.

This year’s A&DS and RIAS Student Awards Exhibition will be on show in The Lighthouse, Glasgow, from 18th July until 28th September. The awards are supported by the Scottish Government and RIAS Insurance Services.

This year’s judges were:

Angela Brady PPRIBA Hon FRIAS.
Iain Connelly, RIAS President
Ian Gilzean, Principal Architect, Scottish Government
Lori McElroy, Director Sust., Architecture and Design Scotland

The 2014 A&DS and RIAS Student Awards Exhibition will be on show in The Lighthouse, Glasgow, from 18th July until 28th September 2014, after which it will travel to the participating schools of architecture.

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