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Saltire Society launches 2015 housing design awards

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The Saltire Housing Design Awards has opened for entries – this year featuring a new ‘landscape in housing’ category

The annual awards programme – organised by the Edinburgh-based Saltire Society – is now accepting entries for its 2015 session.

First launched in 1937, the programme is open to all residential projects completed in Scotland over the past five years.

A new ‘landscape in housing’ category has been added to the existing awards which cover alterations, renovations and extensions; innovation in housing; multiple housing developments; and single dwellings.

Awards convenor Jude Barber of Collective Architecture said: ‘I am pleased to announce a new award for Landscape in Housing, which recognises the importance of space between and immediately around our homes. We hope to receive a wide and varied set of entries for the new award.’

Glasgow-based visual artist Toby Paterson has meanwhile agreed to guest chair this year’s judging panel, following in the footsteps of town planner Eleanor McAllister and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch.

Barber added: ‘We are particularly pleased to welcome Toby Paterson to the role of Annual Guest Chair. Toby is a prestigious artist with a strong interest in architecture and the built environment. He is well versed in the important role that housing plays in cultural life and will stimulate creative debate and discussion.’

She continued: ‘I would encourage clients, academics, tenants’ groups, architects and housing developers to submit any recently completed projects which identify original thinking and imagination in housing design and development in Scotland.’

The 2015 Student Bursary for Travel – which funds architecture students to enable to travel abroad to work on a housing-related project – is now also open for entries.

Last year’s Saltire Housing Design Awards winners Cameron Webster’s conversion and extension of a 19th-century workshop in the backcourts of a Glasgow tenement block and the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village by RMJM.

This year’s awards ceremony will be hosted at the Centre for Carbon Innovation in Edinburgh on 22 June.

The deadline for applications is 25 March.




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