Royal Scottish Academy Show, Architects, Awards, Winners

RSA Annual Exhibition 2006 : Architecture

RSA Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Architects Awards

20 Mar 2006

Student architects win awards at 30th Anniversary of RSA Student Exhibition

David Eland (age 25), from Edinburgh University Architecture Department, won the Standard Life Investments Property Investment Architecture Award of £500 for travel to London for a day at the offices of Lord Norman Foster. Originally from Hull, David has started up a charity with some fellow students to help other charities around Europe design and build building. This summer they are going to Romania to build a school for an impoverished Roma community!

Craig Miller (age 22) from the University of Strathclyde, won the RSA Architecture Prize of £400 for his architectural project ‘A Gallery for Figurative Art on George Square’. The aim of his award winning project was to create a defined, vibrant space at the heart of Glasgow city centre. Originally from Strathaven, Craig attended Strathaven Academy.

Up to £10,000 worth of cash awards, medals and awards in kind have been presented this year. Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and Edinburgh College of Art have particularly swept the board in terms of award winners, taking 22 of the 30 prizes awarded! The Exhibition is open until Thursday 23 March and features 320 final year and postgraduate fine art & architect students.

The RSA Annual Student Exhibition is a prime platform for the new wave of artists to display their work prior to embarking on their careers. Now in its 30th year, it is the largest of its kind in the UK and is an exciting opportunity for the public to sample, in one venue, the progress of all final year and post-graduate students from the four main Colleges of Art and six Schools of Architecture in Scotland.

As well as offering the students from Dundee, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh an opportunity to showcase their art, it also provides for them an insight into the development of professional practice. A staple of the academic and exhibitions calendar, it is a much-anticipated event and offers a glimpse of the emerging talent to be showcased at the degree shows later in the year.

There is no selection process – every student may submit work! Painting, prints, interactive pieces, Installation works, sculpture, performance and architecture all brought together by the RSA for this showcase extravaganza. We are also celebrating our 13 year partnership with the RSA Student Exhibition Sponsors, Pillans & Waddies, who are the leading print, direct mail and communication company in Scotland.

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This year sees some changes. Firstly it’s only for Academicians. Secondly the architecture is interspersed with the art. Good or bad?

The former aspect means there’s much less material, less of the crowded Salon and more calm art gallery. It could be interpreted as being a bit elitist but it feels much more professional and enjoyable this year.

Architecture being mixed up with the art means there should be more engagement from either camp, a more rounded experience as you flit through the galleries looking for architecture. This year there are simply models, drawings and photographs.

I would have preferred an incisve analysis of (first showing) Kathryn Findlay’s latest work or projects rather than the pot pourri approach, we’ve seen that stuff before (well anyone who reads architecture magazines). It was the equivalent of Terry Farrell’s huge boards that Alan Dunlop criticised in 2004 (letter below). The model of the clifftop house shown above was a highlight, but nothing really set the heather on fire and I hear Deyan Sudjic’s words ringing in my ears from the time of the RIAS Best Building of the Year Launch.

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Also featured are Ric Russell’s Calyx, Page & Park’s Maggies Highlands and Richard Murphy Architects’ Caernarfon Arts Centre and their latest Edinburgh Filmhouse model (above). Academicians not exhibiting include Malcolm Fraser.

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