Students from Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help promote their work to an international audience in London.
The 57°10 student architecture society is hoping to raise enough money to host an exhibition in the capital city, which will allow the School the opportunity to present a selection of graduate work to industry professionals.
57°10 is a student-run architecture lecture society, run on a volunteer basis by master students Ross Cowie and Ross Robinson.
The society has been running for over 28 years and regularly invites guest lecturers to the school to talk about the ideas and projects explored by their practices. Some of the previous guests include renowned architects such as Andreas Deplazes, Snøhetta and Zaha Hadid.
The exhibition, which will be the first of its kind that the School has hosted outside of the North-east, will be curated and run by six volunteer master students in their graduating year of studies.
Ross Robinson commented: “The peripheral city of Aberdeen has given our students unique perspectives on the field of architecture. While many of our projects are based in Aberdeen, they are also questioning broader international issues, and we believe that it is the critical distance of our location that allows us to work in a different fashion to other schools of architecture.
“The perceived remoteness of Aberdeen has previously prevented us from exhibiting to a wider audience in the past, however, we are finding it too important an opportunity that we must take advantage of.”
Ross Cowie added: “The pragmatic themes running through the school, root the production from the students with a sense of realism and understanding that is uncommon of many other schools.
“The freedom permitted in the two-year master’s projects allow our students to get an in-depth grasp of their individual briefs and truly understand and express the themes surrounding their work -something that we believe sets the school apart from other schools.
“Any donation will work towards making this exhibition a reality.”
Professor David McClean, Head of Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, believes that the students are gaining an enriched learning experience from their involvement.
“57°10 is firmly embedded in our school’s culture and all credit must go to the students who are constantly extending the ambitions of the society and involving themselves in new initiatives such as the London exhibition.”
by Rob Smith
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