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Scotland salutes top student talent

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A project to create a community-owned urban brickworks in an Indian slum district has won Scotland’s most prestigious student architecture prize.

Fifth-year University of Strathclyde student Neal Whittaker won top billing at the annual Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) and Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Scottish Student Awards for Architecture.

Whittaker’s project, designed for the Mumbai neighbourhood of Kumbharwada, was described by judges as ‘a manifesto for local empowerment’ and ‘an enlightened and sophisticated expression of a big ambition’. It was awarded the RIAS Rowand Anderson silver medal for best Scottish student.

Other winning projects included an adaptable framework for a rapidly developing South American city, designs for tidal-power generation in Orkney, and strategies to purify and rehabilitate the River Spree in Berlin.

An exhibition of award-winners’ work runs at The Lighthouse in Glasgow until September 23.

Neal Whittaker's Kumbharwada Brick Works

Neal Whittaker’s Kumbharwada Brick Works

Full list of RIAS and A+DS student winners

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best fifth-year student
Winner: Neal Whitaker, University of Strathclyde. Project: The Continuing Story of Kumbharwada

Architecture and Design Scotland Award for best third-year student
Winner: Jordan McCrae, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Project: Civic Framing + Flows

Architecture and Design Scotland Urban Design Award
Winners: Neal Hemingway and Vincent Hon – University of Strathclyde. Project: Via Camba: Public infrastructure for social change

Architecture and Design Scotland Sust. Award for Sustainable Design
Winner: Robert Hebblethwaite, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Project: The Churchill Engine

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Andy MacMillan Drawing Award
Winner: Holly Gardner, Mackintosh School of Architecture. Project:‘Impluvia on Fischerinsel’

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