Archiprix International 2017

The Hunter Douglas Awards to ‘The World’s best projects in Architecture, Urban and Landscape Design’.

The Master’s Thesis project ‘Consolations of the Landscape’ by Christine Halliday of the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde was shortlisted by the judges of the international (Hunter Douglas sponsored) ARCHIPRIX awards as one of the ‘Top Graduation Projects in the World’.

Most of the activities of the Archiprix International Ahmedabad 2017 have been completed, but not all. ARCHIPRIX writes,

We are working on the films and there will be exhibitions all over the world. I want to thank you for submitting the best and most inspiring graduation project of your University 'Consolations of the Landscape'. With great pleasure we will keep it on our website as part of our growing collection and you can see it here.

In this way ARCHIPRIX International contributes to the presentation of our school in the public domain. The ARCHIPRIX International 2017 in Ahmedabad was the most successful edition so far. We received 385 entries from 87 countries, more than ever and the workshops were very inspiring. Henk van der Veen, co-ordinator of the competition and director of Archiprix International.

Christine graduated in (MArch AAD) 2015 and her project also won the Walter Scott Award 2016 (of £2,000) from the RSA (see below) and a GIA parchment design award for outstanding final year student. Images from ‘Consolations of the Landscape’ can be seen in ARCHIPRIX awards site and also in the Department of Architecture gallery, with photographs and writing that formed her graduation exhibition.

The international jury (Bimal Patel, Frida Escobedo, Yttje Feddes, Marina Tabassum and Steven Smith) selected their top 23 projects from 385 entries by talented students from Universities in 87 countries. The 2017 edition was organized in cooperation with this year’s host location, the CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India.

There was an incredible collection of brilliant ideas for the future…Archiprix International has the largest presentation of graduation work and offers unrivalled insight into current trends in design education globally and architecture generally....The final group of selected projects are; shown on the Archiprix website, included in a public exhibition and published in a book. Most of the students participating have also selected and reviewed an inspiring uploaded entry and the most popular of these will be presented as their winning ‘favourite’. Henk van der Veen.

The ARCHIPRIX foundation is a non-profit organization, organized through the cooperation of the schools for higher education teaching architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in; Delft, Eindhoven, Wageningen, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Groningen, Maastricht, Rotterdam and Tilburg in the Netherlands.

Our student Craig Johnstone was a final prize winner in the 2011 edition, and he was presented with his award at a ceremony in the Guggenheim Museum, New York for his project, ‘National Apiological Network : An Illustrated History’. The project presented a fictional urban history recounting the relationship between humans, honey bees, and flowers. Selected images are available at ARCHIPRIX;  and in the Department gallery.

The Walter Scott Award

Prize presented at the RSA 'New Contemporaries Exhibition', in the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Christine was in Year 5 in 2014/15 and her RSA 'New Contemporaries' exhibition entry comprised her Master's thesis project, 'Consolations of the Landscape'. The £2,000 award was presented to her at the opening event in Edinburgh in March, 2016. This project was also awarded the Glasgow Institute of Architects Final Year Parchment for the outstanding student in design. Forming part of the Department's 2015 End of Year Exhibition of students' work it was very well reviewed in the Architect's Journal by Alan Dunlop,

....it is “Consolations of the Landscape” and the deeply moving and thought provoking work of Christine Halliday that is the stand-out project. The project investigates the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland and explores an architectural landscape that was masculine, patriarchal and isolated women. Her work and presentation is, frankly, stunning.

Extracts from Christine's project and our 2016 entry can be seen in our RSA gallery. 2016 saw the ninth annual exhibition to showcase graduates' work selected from the Scottish degree shows. Our entry was 'Red Hook' by Lewis McNeill and Andrew Thomson. This carefully curated exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see the best of Scotland’s emerging talent under one roof. RSA New Contemporaries continues to cement its position as Scotland’s most important showcase for young emerging artists. In addition to the initial selection for the exhibition and the opportunity that this brings, the value of exhibition prizes now total over £40,000, providing a stepping stone in the early careers of these recent graduates. 

RSA New Contemporaries Christine Halliday 2016

An image from Christine Halliday's project, 'Consolations of the Landscape'.
The RSA Exhibition on social media: #RSAnewcontemporaries 
The RSA on Facebook.