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A&DS/RIAS Student Awards for Architecture

Winners Announced

University of Strathclyde and Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) dominate this year’s
A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2021


Historic walls in Ahmedabad redesigned to help pomegranate growth, a community centre in Ratho rebuilt around circular economy principles and server towers that use big data to farm oysters are just some of the projects that scooped the prizes at this year’s annual student awards.
  
The projects were just some of the high-quality student projects awarded at the 2021 annual Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Scottish Student Awards for Architecture.   The A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2021 are kindly sponsored by Marsh.

The winning students are:

Architecture and Design Scotland Award for Best 3rd Year Student 
Gergana Aleksandrova Negovanska, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture for The Last Straw: A Case for Reuse. Ratho Community Centre

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best 5th year student
Tiia Partanen, University of Strathclyde, for the project The Cloud Cooperative (shown above)

Architecture and Design Scotland Urban Design Award
Rachel Dunne, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture for Paradise Pomegranate: Walls, Wells & Selling

The RIAS Andy MacMillan Drawing Award
Tiia Partanen, University of Strathclyde, for the project The Cloud Cooperative

Architecture and Design Scotland Sustainable Design Award
Rachel Dunne, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture for Paradise Pomegranate: Walls, Wells & Selling

There were also a number of Commended and Highly Commended students. The announcement video can be viewed HERE.

Entries were submitted for the awards from all 5 Scottish schools of architecture with the submissions shortlisted and judged anonymously. The initial shortlist was announced at the annual Andy MacMillan memorial lecture, this year given by academic Dr Jos Boys from the Bartlett School at University College London. Dr Boys, who was this year’s guest judge is the co-founder of Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative and Dis/Ordinary Architecture Project.

The winners were announced at a virtual event on 1st October, the second time for the Student Awards. The awards recognise the talent of student architects and are awarded in a number of categories. The student awards offer a rare opportunity for the public and profession 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 Chief Executive, Jim MacDonald said:
“We are continuously looking to highlight Scotland’s emerging talent, and these awards – promoted jointly with the RIAS – are an excellent opportunity to showcase the high standard emerging from our schools of architecture.” 

Christina Gaiger, President of the RIAS commented at the virtual ceremony,
“The student awards are important not just to me, but to homeowners, businesses, communities, government and the planet, the RIAS and Architecture and Design Scotland’s shared mission to inspire the next generation and promote and communicate innovative approaches in the built environment is critically important one for Scotland.”

 Dr Jos Boys, this year’s guest judge said that:
“It's been a huge pleasure for me to be invited to judge the student awards this year. Both because of the quality and the range of the shortlisted works, but it's also because it's been a joy to have an opportunity to discuss with other educators and practitioners just what we value about good work in our discipline and why we value it”

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