Media Release: Sheppard Robson awards Mackintosh School of Architecture student prizes worth £1,000


AWARDS-winning architecture practice, Sheppard Robson, has awarded two £500 prizes, for the Best Part 2 student project and Best Part 1 Project, to students at Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh School of Architecture end of year show.

The firm’s £1,000 sponsorship of student prizes is widely acknowledged as an enterprising initiative bringing together an internationally-renowned private sector practice with a world-leading architecture school to recognise student excellence.

The winning students were Zichao Chen for the Best Part 2 Project in fifth year and Jack Taylor for the Best Part 1 Project in third year.

Commenting on the winning projects, James Dick, who leads Sheppard Robson’s Scottish office, said: “We were very impressed with the standard of projects this year and congratulate Zichao and Jack, both of whose projects reflects our own design approach, which seeks to explore new ideas, processes and technologies, and share our commitment to sustainability.

“Zichao’s project was not only visually dramatic and striking but thought provoking regarding inner city retail and existing shopping centres generally.

His approach was to deconstruct, piece by piece and over time, a typical bland mega shopping centre in Dublin, but at the same time maintaining a commercial awareness.

“This has created an architecture that has a greater sense of townscape that knits better into the tight urban grain of Dublin.

“Jack Taylor’s work, meanwhile, took a very different and considered approach to the main street of Penicuik.

“Whilst many students focused on a particular building, Jack has thought very carefully about the streetscape itself and his project seeks to create interesting hard landscape and building interventions to enliven the route for the pedestrian through the town.

“He also had a very bold and poetic design for a writing retreat at Little Sparta, the garden of artist Ian Hamilton Finlay.”

Alan Hooper, undergraduate programme leader, Mackintosh School of Architecture, said: “Sheppard Robson’s innovative sponsorship of these student prizes has clear mutual benefits in that it provides an opportunity for the School to have a meaningful dialogue with a private sector practice on the one hand whilst, on the other, provides Sheppard Robson with a valuable insight into the work produced by students at the School with the opportunity to discover and reward fresh architectural talent.”


For further information please contact Anna FitzGerald tel 020 7504 1737

Issued on behalf of Sheppard Robson by Liquorice Media tel 0141 561 4018 Date15th  June 2012

Notes to Editors

  • Sheppard Robson works on projects around the world from offices in Glasgow, London, Manchester and Abu Dhabi with expertise spanning a broad range of typologies, including: master planning; retail; residential; hotels; technology; transport and infrastructure; arts and culture; offices; interior design; science; education and healthcare.
  • As architects, master planners and interior designers, Sheppard Robson is committed to finding the right solution for each project in response to the physical and cultural contexts and the aspirations of its clients. The practice’s founding principles of innovation and sustainability continue to shape its work today, reinterpreted by the creative talent of its designers.
  • The Mackintosh School of Architecture is ranked the top School in Scotland and one of the best in the UK.

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