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Drawn North 2020 – Virtual Architecture Exhibition

A collaborative virtual exhibition of final year Master of Architecture projects by the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, Aberdeen Art Gallery, and The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney.

Drawn North LogoIn response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, a partnership between The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, Aberdeen Art Gallery and The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney was developed to work collaboratively with final year Master of Architecture students on a virtual exhibition:

Drawn North encompassed the work of our Architecture students, who had been working on their final projects for over three years. The projects focused on two local areas, one being Aberdeen’s waterfront including the harbour, beachfront, and links, with a view to enhancing city living through a range of community facilities and public amenities.

By contrast, but equally real in its challenges, the other group of students explored opportunity within the Orkney islands for economic and social development in the context of an incredibly rich, sensitive, and globally important archaeological and cultural heritage.

The exhibiting work showed a vast range of exciting and ambitious ideas, thinking, and future development opportunities for both the Aberdeen Harbour and Orkney Islands.

A student team was put together to develop the idea, work with relevant stakeholders including; university staff, partners, marketing and communications teams, design a brand and web presence, and organise and promote the exhibition. Hear and read some of the student’s experiences:

The virtual exhibition was a fantastic opportunity for our final year students to showcase their work to the wider public, and re-invigorate discussion about the city and regions architecture and development. Although a physical exhibition was not possible due to the ongoing pandemic in 2020, the virtual exhibition reached a vast number of interested audiences, both in Scotland and the rest of the UK. It showed great flexibility and resilience in what was a difficult final term for our students, but due to its success, is probably something the university would like to continue offering to final year students in years to come.

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