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Mackintosh student wins international architecture prize

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A Mackintosh School of Architecture student has won the prestigious Hunter Douglas Award at the 2013 International Archiprix

David O’Reilly’s proejct, A Mausoleum for Vatnajokull, was one of seven winners at the International Archiprix, which received around 300 submissions.

The biannual International Archiprix showcases the best graduate projects in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture from around the world.The Hunter Douglas prize recognises the best of these projects.

O’Reilly’s project proposed a permanent building set within the changing landscape of Vatna, Iceland’s largest glacier. The building, an observatory, would enable documentation of alterations in natural phenomena within the Jokulsarlon Lagoon at the foot of the glacier.

Mac tutor Graeme Massie of Graeme Massie Architects said: ‘Winning a Hunter Douglas Award is a wonderful achievement, but nothing less than David deserves.  His thesis project on the shore of Jökulsárlón in Iceland investigated themes of landscape and memory, and throughout the year he demonstrated great passion and commitment to the project.’

The winners were announced at a ceremony held in Russia.

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