The Royal Incorporation of Architects and A+DS Student Awards 2017

The touring exhibition featuring these projects will tour the Scottish schools of architecture throughout 2017/18, and starts at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, on Friday 14th July.

Strathclyde's winners are featured in our Awards galleries.

RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best Fifth Year Student
Winning Project: Asylum, Scottish Youth Parliament and Ministry of Education, Glasgow Green and Calton

Paschalis Kyrtsopoulos, University of Strathclyde, has won the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best Fifth Year Student with a “bold, vigorous and dynamic proposal” for a Scottish Youth Parliament and Ministry for Education.
Paschalis’s project relates to the deconstruction and simplification of the political system in Scotland which will allow residents to access the decision making process and be part of a wider system of local governments. The devolution suggested in this project is based on the examples of direct democracy and local governments of Switzerland, Netherlands and Canada.

This project focuses on the example of Glasgow which has the largest tradition and population of students in Scotland. The Ministry of Education  will not only be a building of offices, but a place for democratic discussions, where the Scottish Youth Parliament will operate. The term ‘democratic discussion’ is examined through the lenses of individual-group-collective and is the key focus for the design of the building.

Judges' Citation:
"Paschalis presented a bold, vigorous, dynamic, detuned, energetic proposal, with an ambitious idea about democracy. He shows architectural form without fear, through a very clear journey."

Speaking about the Awards, A&DS Chair Karen Anderson said: "We are continuously looking to develop how we 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. I am particularly pleased that we were able to hear directly from the students in our new presentation-based event – Chiff-Chaff. The students presented confidently and were able to clearly demonstrate their thinking and their ideas and I want to congratulate everyone who took part."
RIAS President, Stewart Henderson, 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."

Our student talent was also recognised in the following categories:
Architecture and Design Scotland Urban Design Award 2017
Commended: Annabelle Brading and Sean Fitzpatrick

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Andy MacMillan Drawing Award 2017
Commended: Annabelle Brading and Sean Fitzpatrick

2016 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 2016
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 2016
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 2016
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.

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 are featured in our Awards galleries.