Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2022 winners announced

The ‘Pre-Landfill’ by Karlis Kukainis of the Mackintosh School of Architecture

The winners of the Architecture and Design Scotland 2022 and Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Scottish Student Awards for Architecture have been announced.

Announced at the annual Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture last week, the winning projects included ideas on tackling the climate emergency through reusing materials, developing social housing and responding to urban sprawl.



The talk – the Glasgow Affects – was given by Paul Stallan, design director of Stallan-Brand, and this year’s guest judge.

This year’s awards saw over 60 entries from Scotland’s five schools of architecture. Entries included projects spanning diverse environments such as cities, canals, and rural and island settings. The projects submitted this year continue to push the boundaries of design’s contribution to a more sustainable future.

Three projects received first prizes in five categories. Karlis Kukainis of the Mackintosh School of Architecture was awarded the Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for Outstanding Grade 5 Student for his project “The Pre-Discharge”. The judges commented that “With stunning visuals, Pre-Landfill is an extremely well thought out project which explores a strategy for renovating a vacant hospital in Glasgow.”

Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2022 winners announced

Common Ground Leith by Inka Eismar of ESALA

The judges thought that this “playful project shows the art of architecture and shows that there can be fun beyond science”. It does this by testing the limits of practices for reusing materials salvaged from demolished buildings, which will be essential in tackling the climate emergency.



Karlis Kukainis’ project also won the Architecture and Design Scotland Sustainable Design Award. The judges said the project explores a renovation strategy, testing the limits of practices for reusing materials salvaged from demolished buildings. Imperfect materials are embraced on pristine surfaces defying the audience’s view of decay as a sign of durability through longevity.

The winner of the Architecture and Design Scotland Award for Best Year 3 Student is Inka Eismar from Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) for “Common Ground | Leith”. The judges said that “public housing estates often face physically and socially related challenges.

ESALA’s Inka Eismar’s proposal for the New Kirkgate development in Leith introduces a town hall to the fragmented site, with a program crossing local government and grassroots movements that could benefit the community and improve the lives of these people.

Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2022 winners announced

The Open Edge by Sam Morman of the University of Dundee

Sam Morman, from the University of Dundee, won the Urban Design Prize, as well as the Andy MacMillan Drawing Prize, for his project ‘The Open Edge’. The judges called the project “Absolutely exceptional. The design project explores a strategic response to urban sprawl by creating a defined settlement edge for the town of Blairgowrie and Rattray.



Judges admired the look of the hand-drawn design that bridges gaps and creates a fluid aesthetic that pays attention to context with special attention to terrain. The “elegant set of designs” meant the project was the very worthy winner of the Andy MacMillan Design Award.

Chris Stewart, Chairman of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, said: “The Student Awards show the breadth of talent we have within the ranks of Scottish architecture. It’s been a joy judging the projects this year and I can’t wait to see what these rising stars create throughout their careers.

Samantha McCabe, award judge and board member of Architecture and Design Scotland, added: “The Student Awards are a great way for us to showcase the talent that exists in schools of architecture and design. city ​​of Scotland. It was a pleasure to see the creativity the students displayed in tackling the important issues of our time and their approach to creating a more sustainable place for all of us to live in and enjoy.


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