It’s been another year of multiple successes for Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) in the Scottish Student Awards for Architecture, organised by Architecture and Design Scotland and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) Urban Design Award

Of the three groups of finalists in the A&DS Urban Design Award, two were recent graduates of the Masters of Architecture (MArch) programme at ECA.

ECA Purchase Prize recipients, Jonathan Lynn and Suzanne Priestley, won the category for their joint project, The Paphos Gate Redux, while Chiara Fingland and Sarah Comfort were commended for their joint proposal, The Diachronic Garden.

The judges called Jonathan and Suzanne's winning work “a sophisticated and clearly thought through set of drawings, demonstrative of careful and painstaking analysis… providing a viable long-term solution [with] real verve, a sense of pleasure and an exacting focus on the detail”.

They praised Chiara and Sarah for bringing “A very significant amount of work together in a beautifully illustrated and careful analysis to project a convincing narrative.”

All four graduates had their projects illustrated in The Architect’s Journal in the same month the awards were announced.

RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for Best Scottish Student

Nick Green was commended in this category for The Camp at the City’s Edge, which the judges called a “Fascinating collection of drawings and superb models of fantastic complexity [which] address a present day challenge with enthusiasm.”

Like our four finalists in the A&DS Urban Design Award, Nick’s work focused on the city of Nicosia in Cyprus as part of the two-year studio, ‘Island territories iv’.

The studio is one of a number open to students on our Integrated Pathway; a unique, research-led pathway through the Masters of Architecture degree that allows students to engage with the full range of architectural scales while focusing on a single (usually European) city over the course of two years.

‘Island territories iv’ was led by tutors Victoria Bernie and Adrian Hawker. Liam Ross, Director of the MArch programme, comments:

“Adrian and Vicky should be congratulated, and the awards noted as an endorsement of their inspirational teaching, and of the MArch programme’s unique two-year studios approach”.

ECA at the Scottish Student Awards for Architecture

ECA has an excellent track record at the Awards, with annual multiple wins and commendations.

Last year, Jordan McCrae (Architecture - BA/MA) won the A&DS Award for Best 3rd Year Student and was highly commended in the RIAS Andy MacMillan Drawing Award, while Robert Hebblethwaite (Architecture - MArch) won the A&DS Sust. Award for Sustainable Design and was highly commended in the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for Best Scottish Student.

In 2014, Rebecca Goodson (Architecture - BA/MA) won two awards and was commended in a third, MArch graduates, Roseanne Knight, Jonathon Phillips and Stephanie Sharpe, won one award and were highly commended in another, and Douglas Walker (Architecture - MArch) was commended in two awards.

The 2016 winners of the Scottish Student Awards for Architecture will join the current ‘Best of the Best’ exhibition which is touring across Scotland as part of Architecture and Design Scotland’s Say Hello to Architecture programme and the Festival of Architecture.