The winners of the 2020 A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture were announced online at the RIAS Convention on Thursday 1st October 2020.
This was the second year that the student awards were open to all students at Scotland’s architecture schools. We were delighted to receive over 90 entries. The judges found shortlisting very difficult due to the high standard of the projects submitted.
Self & Others is 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. The scale and ambition of the project is incredibly impressive with its spirit running through every drawing. One can imagine this in situ in Glasgow, reflecting a true sense of place and identity. A very worth winner with exceptional levels of representation.Judges’ Comments
From the moment of encounter of this project from a trout’s perspective, one is reeled in. ‘Amphibious’ draws reference from Aldo Rossi’s floating Theatro del Mondo, as it co-exists, momentarily, periodically, on land and on water.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. The presentation carries the narrative of the brief coherently: as something wistful andoptimistic!Judges felt this was a rich and evocative proposal, presented earnestly and with sensitivity.Judges’ Comments
This project exhibited relevance, analysis of context and quality of design solution. The regeneration of social housing estates is one of the major architectural challenges of our era, with similar issues existing internationally but requiring solutions based in local context and cultures.The project relates to its wider city context and addresses the issue of integrating large residential blocks into a new and richer environment. Issues such as climate change, sustainability and social cohesion are explored at a detailed level with specific solutions suggested.Presented in a clear and concise way, this project shows how a neglected and uninspiring physical environment can be transformed into a place of wellbeing and joy, where people would actually choose to live.Judges’ Comments
This project tackles the landscape of industry and enterprise with an elegant building proposal formed through a modular and circular approach to materials and construction.It challenges norms and establishes a prototype that could be applied in a variety of locations. The attention to detail and creative thinking around supply, form and construction is particularly strong and well-handled.The proposed suite of materials, details and construction techniques are combined to form a dramatic section and distinctive form that is beautifully articulated and represented.Judges’ Comments
An exemplary set of drawings which provide a clear narrative, delivered with great skill and imagination. Every sheet very rich in detail, beautifully rendered and could easily be part of a publication. The judges felt that the combination of theatricality and atmosphere which this project communicates make it a worthy winner of the RIAS Andy MacMillan Drawing Award.Judges’ Comments