Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference

16:00 - 23 April, 2016
Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference

The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, June 7–11. Please submit an abstract no later than June 6, 2016, to one of the 32 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the open sessions. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations.

Exhibition at 2016 Venice Biennale to Highlight Scotland’s Position as an Emerging Northern Economic Area

09:30 - 26 March, 2016
Exhibition at 2016 Venice Biennale to Highlight Scotland’s Position as an Emerging Northern Economic Area, © Lateral North
© Lateral North

Scotland, a country within the United Kingdom, will be showcasing a projected entitled Prospect North at the forthcoming Venice Biennale. Curated collaboratively between the Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland, Creative Scotland,and the British Council Scotland, the installation will be designed by Lateral North, Dualchas Architects, and Soluis. As reported by the Architects' Journal, the show is set to examine "Scotland’s relationship with its northern neighbours" by focusing "on people and place, [and] looking at how communities from the Northern Isles of Orkney to the central belt of Scotland are using grassroot action."

Solen Vinklar / David Blaikie Architects

11:00 - 25 March, 2016
Solen Vinklar / David Blaikie Architects, © Paul Zanre
© Paul Zanre

© Paul Zanre © Paul Zanre © Paul Zanre © Paul Zanre +13

London Architectural Debate Society “Turncoats” Goes Global

12:00 - 12 March, 2016
London Architectural Debate Society “Turncoats” Goes Global, The Burning Envelope - The Universal Emblem of the Turncoats. Image Courtesy of Turncoats
The Burning Envelope - The Universal Emblem of the Turncoats. Image Courtesy of Turncoats

Turncoats, the irreverent architectural debate society from London, is launching an international series, starting chapters in Canada, Scotland, Serbia and the US. Originally created by Phineas Harper, Maria Smith and Robert Mull, Turncoats has “electrified London’s architectural scene” since its inception.

Combining architectural debate with unique settings, alcohol, and an absence of recordings or wireless devices, Turncoats has gathered significant attention, their signature flaming envelope emblem appearing on lapels across the city, and soon all over the world.

Lairdsland Primary School / Walters & Cohen

02:00 - 22 January, 2016
Lairdsland Primary School / Walters & Cohen, © Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert
  • Architects

  • Location

    70 Donaldson St, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire G66, UK
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert +30

Murphy House / Richard Murphy Architects

15:00 - 30 November, 2015
Murphy House / Richard Murphy Architects, © Keith Hunter
© Keith Hunter
  • Architects

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • Design Team

    Richard Murphy, Gareth Jones, James Falconer, Tersius Maass
  • Area

    165.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Keith Hunter © Keith Hunter © Keith Hunter © Keith Hunter +26

Is Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Status Under Threat?

04:00 - 11 November, 2015
Is Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Status Under Threat?, View over Edinburgh. Image via College Tribune
View over Edinburgh. Image via College Tribune

"A spectre," writes Kevin McKenna for The Guardian, "thought happily to have been exorcised from the heart of beautiful Edinburgh, is stalking the city’s old wynds and crevices once more." To put it more bluntly, the "formal recognition of [the Scottish capital] as one of the world’s most beautiful cities is under threat, amid a battle for the soul of its most historic quarter." As the UNESCO inspectorate moves in to determine whether the city's World Heritage Status should be renewed McKenna laments, through a series of case studies, the potentially bleak built future of one of Britain's most loved urban centres.

RIBA Future Trends Survey Records Optimistic Prospects

04:00 - 10 November, 2015
RIBA Future Trends Survey Records Optimistic Prospects, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for September 2015 shows a level of consistency with the workload index remaining unchanged at a balance figure of +21. All nations and regions within the United Kingdom returned positive balance figures, with practices in Scotland responding most confidently about workloads in the next quarter. The report states that practices remain firmly positive about overall workload prospects in the medium term, though with "an apparent leveling-off in the rate of growth."

Sutherland Hussey Architects' Wins Award for Best Building in Scotland

06:00 - 6 November, 2015
Sutherland Hussey Architects' Wins Award for Best Building in Scotland, West Burn Lane, St Andrews / Sutherland Hussey Architects. Image © SHA
West Burn Lane, St Andrews / Sutherland Hussey Architects. Image © SHA

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has deemed Sutherland Hussey Architects' latest housing scheme the "Best Building" in Scotland by awarding it the 2015 Doolan prize. The "West Burn Lane" project was said to be the "clear winner" of the £25,000 award, as AJ reports, selected from a shortlist of 12 Scottish buildings.

The brick courtyard housing project was lauded by the jury for being "expertly woven" into the context of St. Andrews - one of Scotland's most historic areas.  

Call for Sessions: SAH 2017 Annual International Conference

04:00 - 20 October, 2015
Call for Sessions: SAH 2017 Annual International Conference, Cloisters at University of Glasgow (courtesy of People Make Glasgow)
Cloisters at University of Glasgow (courtesy of People Make Glasgow)

At its 2017 Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, SAH will offer a total of 36 paper sessions. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters, and partner organizations, to chair a session at the conference. As SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the Annual International Conference, non-members who wish to chair a session will be required to join SAH at the time of submitting a session proposal.

57°10 Lecture Series

04:00 - 18 October, 2015
57°10 Lecture Series, 57°10 2015/16 Schedule
57°10 2015/16 Schedule

An architecture lecture series society at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment in Aberdeen, Scotland. The society, 57°10, has been running for 27 years and invites guest lecturers to the school to talk about the ideas and projects explored by their practices. The society prides itself in being student led; providing lectures that will in turn inspire our future architects, perhaps on topics out-with the discourse of the school.https://www.facebook.com/FiftySevenTenSociety

Technology and Innovation Centre / BDP

11:00 - 16 September, 2015
Technology and Innovation Centre / BDP, © David Barbour
© David Barbour
  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Strathclyde, 16 Richmond St, Glasgow, Glasgow City G1 1XQ, UK
  • Area

    25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© David Barbour © David Barbour © David Barbour © David Barbour +15

Making Space for Making Art / Sutherland Hussey Harris

02:00 - 14 September, 2015
Making Space for Making Art / Sutherland Hussey Harris, © Keith Hunter
© Keith Hunter

© Sam Proctor Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Harris Courtesy of Sutherland Hussey Harris © Keith Hunter +31

See All 24 Projects Shortlisted for RIAS' 2015 Awards

15:23 - 30 March, 2015
See All 24 Projects Shortlisted for RIAS' 2015 Awards, Dalmunach Distillery, Moray / Archial Norr (Inverness Studio)
Dalmunach Distillery, Moray / Archial Norr (Inverness Studio)

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has shortlisted 24 projects for its 2015 awards, the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland. This year’s judging panel, chaired by Iain Dickson PPRIAS, will now visits all 24 sites to determine which projects are “worthy” of an award, only choosing those in which they feel “best address the key role of architecture: to improve the quality of people’s lives.”

See all 24 shortlisted projects, after the break. 

Theatre Royal, Glasgow / Page Park Architects Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art / Steven Holl Architects with jmarchitects Regency Dormer, Edinburgh / Konishi Gaffney Architects The Mill, Scottish Borders / WT Architecture © Andrew Lee +29

Which Architect Could Restore The Glasgow School Of Art?

00:00 - 18 February, 2015
Which Architect Could Restore The Glasgow School Of Art?, Glasgow School of Art, Eric De Mare. Image Courtesy of RIBA Photographs Collection
Glasgow School of Art, Eric De Mare. Image Courtesy of RIBA Photographs Collection

With the Charles Rennie Mackintosh retrospective opening today at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London Rowan Moore, writing for The Guardian, asks "which architect could restore Mackintosh's masterpiece [in Glasgow]?" The Glasgow School of Art, parts of which were devastated by fire in May of last year, is in the process of selecting a restoration architect from a shortlist of five. Yet for Moore "there are examples of clumsiness and stodginess in some of the past projects of those included that should be allowed nowhere near the School of Art."

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Exhibition To Open Next Month In London

00:00 - 26 January, 2015
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Exhibition To Open Next Month In London, Design For A House For An Art Lover (1901). Image © RIBA Library
Design For A House For An Art Lover (1901). Image © RIBA Library

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced that a new exhibition exploring the Scottish designer and artist's celebrated, but difficult, career is to open next month in London. Mackintosh Architecture will be the first exhibition solely devoted to his architecture, offering the opportunity to view over sixty original drawings, watercolours and perspectives spanning the entirety of his working life. Seen together, they "reveal the evolution of his style from his early apprenticeship to his later projects as an individual architect and designer." Drawings on display will also show his collaboration with the accomplished artist and designer Margaret Macdonald, his wife.

Video: Drone Tour Inside St. Peter's Seminary

00:00 - 22 January, 2015

Scotland's Grade-A listed Brutalist St. Peter's Seminary, abandoned for the past 25 years, is being rediscovered through drone technology. The building, which was originally designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia in 1966 and heavily inspired by the work of Le Corbusier ("with Scottish inspirations"), has recently been offered a new lease of life. London-based Avanti Architects, along with Glasgow-based  and NORD Architectsrecently released the first images of their plans to breathe new life into the iconic building. This filmed footage not only gives a sense of how dilapidated the structure is in its current state, but also hints at the exciting possible future it has as an arts venue.

Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee Budget "Blown By 70%"

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee Budget "Blown By 70%", © Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kengo Kuma & Associates

When Kengo Kuma's concept for the new Victoria and Albert Museum of Design (V&A) in Dundee, Scotland, was unanimously chosen as the winning design in late 2012, the jurors had stated that the proposal has been "subject to exhaustive scrutiny, including having external assessors do a detailed examination of projected costs." They stated that they "did not have to exclude any of the submissions on grounds of affordability." It is now reported, a little over two years later, that the original £45million budget has now exceeded £80million in spite of the fact that the building has already been 'redesigned' once in order to try to reign in soaring costs.