Over the last couple months I have had several great discussions with people involved in some of Scotland's top authorities in Architecture, including the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) and the University of Strathclyde Architecture Department.
2016 was recently announced as the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design for Scotland (Source), and as a result these architectural bodies wish to collaborate and celebrate Architecture in Scotland in 2016. A potentially great opportunity for me to assist in displaying and publicising the activities and architecture on show by architects and by the students and graduates who are patiently waiting in the wings.
Michael Dougall is the current GIA President and also tutors at Strathclyde University. It was through his work with the 1st Year Architecture Dept that I met him, and he gave me the opportunity to photograph at this years GIA Awards Dinner.
I have been a guest at this event on several occasions going back around 4-5 years, as has been the case in recent years it was held in the West End's Oran Mór. The venue is spectacular visually, a myriad of colour, however technically it proved somewhat of a challenge to photograph. The pinks and blues of the LED lighting combined with the AV presentation meant the room was generally dark, specifically in the triple height central space (where the majority of people were sat.)
The speaker for the evening was Mr Mark Beaumont, adventurer, athlete and after dinner speaker. He spoke about his journey around the Commonwealth with the Queen's Baton, visiting a host of interesting places and peoples. His interesting talk highlighted the privileges or lack thereof that some of the athletes had when training and how well they did to compete at such a level.
Compere for the evening was the President himself Michael Dougall, I was able to get some great backlit shots of him speaking to the room full of GIA members.
The Design Awards were presented by Robin Webster complete with tartan trews. I was lucky enough to have had my photographs represent the Scenic Routes projects, Hutchesons' Hall and the Athole Lane garage by Linearchitecture.
I was pleased to watch the awards unfold and be involved in the commendation of two projects and the winner for one of the Scenic Routes project "Woven Sound" by John Kennedy. The judging process involves and initial submission which should explain the project via words but more importantly captured through photographs. So for these projects to have done so well, I'm delighted.
The whole team at Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority were delighted, and from a personal point of view I really hope this spurs on the potential from expansion of the Scenic Routes as I'd love it to move onto the Western side of the National Park.
Overall I had a great evening and got to speak to some really interesting people. I'm really happy at the fact I was lucky enough to be involved with some of the entrants and hope I can be again in the future, especially with such an exciting time coming up for Architecture in Scotland.