An award ceremony to recognise the top students at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment launched the 2011 End of Year Show last week (Wednesday 15 June).
Selected students from across the School received prizes from the university and prestigious industry organisations in recognition of their outstanding work. The event took place at the School on the university’s Garthdee campus at 5.30pm.
Designs, sketches and intricate models are currently on display throughout the school, as created by students from Architecture, Architectural Technology (AT), Surveying, and Construction Design and Management disciplines.
Among the students accepting awards was Inverbervie’s Fiona Martin and Westhill local Blair MacIntyre. Fiona (21) received a certificate of commendation in the Aberdeen Civic Medal category for her design of a sheltered housing facility on Jack’s Brae in Aberdeen. Blair (21) has been selected for the Best Stage Four AT Student accolade for his design of a new artist quarter in Govan’s graving docks.
Fiona, who comes from Castle Crescent, Inverbervie, was posed with a particularly challenging project as part of her third year Architecture programme. The hypothetical sheltered housing facility needed be built on a slope of eight metres in depth on Jack’s Brae in Upper Denburn.
Her approach was to exploit the site’s location, allowing maximum solar gain and natural light and access to the views of surrounding trees and a small nearby burn.
She explained: “The geometry involved in accommodating these factors was quite complex. My aim was to give the building the greatest amount of southern exposure while trying to give the flats equal amounts of northern and southern elevations. It resulted in the flats having very interesting interior spaces, which is important when designing sheltered housing as occupants are likely to spend a great deal of time in them.
Looking back on the project, Fiona remarked that the challenging nature of the site proved to be the most engaging part of the task. She concluded: “I really enjoyed the 'riddle' I created for myself, the element of problem solving and trying to fit everything in and making sure it all met regulations. I’m delighted to have my work recognised with this award.”
Fiona now hopes to undertake a year’s industry placement, after which she will return to the university in September 2012 to complete her degree programme.
Blair, who hails from Dawson Wynd, Westhill, and his fellow stage four AT students were tasked with finding new uses for a neglected riverside area of Glasgow – a trio of graving docks (a type of dry dock) in Govan, just west of Glasgow Science Centre.
His own solution was to redesign the dilapidated buildings into an artist quarter, comprising both working and living areas. This included two large studios, an art gallery and a graffiti park. Just next to this, one of the buildings was also re-imagined as a series of townhouse apartments.
‘Opportunity’ was a central theme of Blair’s design, as he explained: “I wanted to design a place where young artists could get a foothold on both work and property ladders simultaneously. I, myself, have a strong interest in art and think an area such as this would provide the perfect opportunity to reinvigour a forgotten corner of Glasgow while also creating a sustainable community for artists.”
Commenting on his award, he said: “It’s a real honour to have been selected as the best student in my year. It certainly goes a long way to making the 14-hour days worth it!”
Looking to the near future, Blair will graduate in July before returning to the Scott Sutherland School to undertake a Masters in Architecture, joining at year three of the programme.
Head of School, Dr David McClean commented:
“The End of Year Show is an important celebration of the work of the School, and amply displays the commitment, imagination and dedication of our students and staff. I would like to extend my congratulations to the prize-winning students for their skill and hard work.”
Taking place at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment on Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, the End of Year Show will be open to the public until Thursday 30 June inclusive, Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm and Sunday 11.00-5.00pm.
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