The Royal Incorporation of Architects and A+DS Student Awards 2016

The touring exhibition featuring these projects will be on show in our Library 10.03.17 - 17.03.17 and you can also see them in our Gallery of student work.

Architecture and Design Scotland Sustainable Design Award
Winning Project:
The Copiapó Brine Network by Ryan Canning and Gabriela Mill
The Copiapó Brine Network links the city to the sea through an aqueduct and recreational route, with three architectural interventions. Each intervention generates new opportunities for local industry and culture, whilst serving as a functional node for the water purification process.
Judges’ Citation: “The re-use of existing urban landscape is one of the greatest challenges to create the sustainable city of the future. This scheme addresses this issue with clarity and a very direct approach which uses the carving of a new route through the industrial landscape as a mechanism to catalyse new durable solutions.”

The A+DS Award for the Best Third Year Student
Commended: Nicola Wilson
The judges were particularly impressed by the high standard of this category. This was a very strong field and although there was consensus on the winner, the competition between these well researched and well presented schemes was high.
Judges Citation:  "A confident, well-considered and atmospheric set of drawings. The use of double and single height spaces adds originality.

The RIAS Andy McMillan Drawing Award
Commended: Lewis McNeill and Andrew Thomson.
Judges Citation: "
A superb and considered set of montages and drawings which build a convincing picture of a potential future".

The A+DS Urban Design Award
Commended: Lewis McNeill and Andrew Thomson
Judges Citation: "
Building within a context of post-industrial dereliction this scheme carves new uses from the existing while respecting the area's rich history and projects a potentially sustainable future. A very elegant set of drawings.

Touring Exhibition: The 2016 winners will join the current Best of the Best Exhibition, which is touring across Scotland as part of Architecture and Design Scotland’s ‘Say Hello to Architecture’ programme and the Festival of Architecture 2016.

This year’s Student Awards Exhibition will be on show in The Lighthouse, Glasgow from 15 July – 25 September, 2016.

The winning and shortlisted students’ work will be on display offering 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.

The winners were announced on Thursday 14th of July at a ceremony held at the Saunders Centre, Glasgow Academy, a new building recently celebrated at the RIAS Awards for Architecture.

The awards – now in their 14th year – recognise the talent of student architects and are awarded in a number of categories. Projects submitted for the awards included international proposals for an outdoor room in Norway, a self sustaining ecosystem in Berlin and Strathclyde University’s Lewis McNeill and Andrew Thomson’s road to re-connect the Red Hook neighbourhood in Brooklyn.

The award ceremony followed the Andy MacMillan lecture in honour of the late Professor Andy MacMillan (1928-2014) celebrating his legacy. The lecture was delivered by this year’s guest judge Christophe Egret of Studio Egret West. Christophe is an Anglo-French architect brought up in Paris. In his early career he worked for a number of well-known practices, including Alsop and Stormery. Studio Egret West, founded in 2004, is an award-winning international practice.

Speaking about the Awards A&DS Chair Karen Anderson said, “In this year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and at the height of the Festival of Architecture, A&DS is delighted to continue to collaborate with RIAS to highlight the high quality of work from the best of Scotland’s architecture students. A&DS aims to support emerging practitioners and these awards and exhibition, allow the profession and public to see the high standard emerging from our schools of architecture.”

RIAS Past President Iain Connelly commented, “Our annual student awards mark the extraordinarily high quality of architectural education in Scotland. Students from throughout the world come here because of the excellent training that is on offer. Scotland’s five schools of architecture are major contributors to the evolution of architecture across the planet.”

This year’s judges were:

Iain Connelly, PPRIAS, President RIAS 2013-2015
Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect, Scottish Government
Christophe Egret, Studio Egret West, London
Karen Anderson, Chair, Architecture and Design Scotland.

2015 Silver Medal
The Department of Architecture's Neal Whitaker won the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal 2015 for the Best Scottish Student. Neal's project which won two awards, was a design for a sustainable brickmaking company in a Mumbai slum. Judges noted, "This is a humanitarian thesis, a manifesto for local empowerment. While the developed architectural forms are well beyond mere functional requirements, this is an enlightened and sophisticated expression of a big ambition. The proposition is that social justice be delivered through an accomplished, architectural approach".

A+DS Urban Design Award 2015: Neal Hemingway and Vincent Hon for VIA CAMBA Public Infrastructure for social change. Judges noted, "There is clarity and confidence in the depiction of this strategy for urban transport nodes. This scheme, for a densely inhabited barrio within a South American city, has a social conscience, encouraging patronage of public transport, demonstrative of economic good sense and the reinforcement of social cohesion".

The A+DS Sust. Award for Sustainable Design 2015, Commended: Neal Whitaker.

A+DS award for best third year student 2015 Commended: Pavol Dzurjanik.

A+DS (Architecture + Design Scotland) is Scotland's champion for excellence in placemaking, architecture and planning. An Executive NDPB of the Scottish Government, A+DS champions the highest standards in architecture and placemaking across all sectors, advocating a better understanding of the importance of quality design in both the public and private sectors.

RIAS (The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) is the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the foremost professional institute in the country dealing with architecture and the built environment.

Strathclyde's winners in the 2015 round are featured in our Awards galleries.