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Mackintosh School of Architecture Undergraduate Showcase 2014

The Mac’s architecture graduates bring their summer show to London for a satellite exhibition in Shoreditch

In exploring the diverse roles of the architect, the work in this show encapsulates the core agenda of the Mackintosh School of Architecture’s design studio ethos. On the one hand examining the architect as form- and place-maker; on the other, the architect as urban tactician. The exhibition, which opens this week at the Rag Factory in Shoreditch, London, explores the physicality of architecture as well as the opportunity to make visible the form of the built environment in provocative and meaningful ways – architectural intervention by stealth. This is where the architect’s contribution is physically minimal and often subtle; where authorship and individual signature are neither important nor needed in making a vital contribution to the urban scene. This is architecture informed by a deep understanding of the physical terroir.

With a reputation for the quality and rigour of its undergraduate studio, the Mackintosh School of Architecture instils and nurtures a steady cognitive thread of development and honing of architectural skills through the first and second year. In the third year, an accelerated synthesis of architectural issues reveals design showing a coherence of architectural aims, a broad spectrum of investigative media, a greater focus and the beginnings of a personal architectural agenda.


Jack Baker

The show presents two projects combining in-depth study, hand drawing, digital media and modelmaking. These holistic proposals seek to establish an occupation with the craft of sculpting space and place:

  • A herbarium archive situated in the valley landscape of Benmore Botanic Garden explores the relationship of the natural and manmade worlds through the lens of a particular environmental agenda. Engaging with the complexities of context, architectural programme and technology, constructional and environmental strategies were tested through ‘Interact’, a project in collaboration with engineers and quantity surveyors from the Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of the West of Scotland, now in its 26th year.
  • An urban study of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula, undertaken as a short investigative studio essay in small-town regeneration and small-scale urbanism; a tale of the everyday, the familiar and the high street. Students devised proposals for a modest public facility on a site adjacent to John MacAslan’s Burgh Hall. The project engendered a deeper and sensitive understanding of the historic and current social and economic issues that might inform and condition an urban architectural intervention.

Show Information

When: Thursday 10 July (opening night) – Sunday 13 July
Where: The Rag Factory, Shoreditch, London, E1 5LJ
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Accompanying Event

Over their three years of study, students have explored how the essence of an idea can not only be the initial foundation for a project but also grow to define its development and outcome. In response, to accompany the exhibition, students have curated a Pecha Kucha of esteemed architects and academics to present on the theme of ‘Creative Beginnings’ to take place on Friday 11 July.

At the cusp of entering into professional discipline, the notion of a ‘creative beginning’ is more pertinent than ever and as such speakers have been selected to deliver an evening of diverse and inspirational presentations on architecture after the studio.

Professor Chris Platt (Head of Mackintosh School of Architecture)
John McAslan CBE (John McAslan + Partners)
Tracy Meller (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners)
Dr Ambrose Gillick (Mackintosh School of Architecture)
Dr Bo Tang (CASS)
Alistair Parvin (WikiHouse)
Michael Dougall (President Glasgow Institute of Architects / Collective Architecture)
Phineas Harper (The Architectural Review)

Pucha Kucha Information

When: Friday 11 July
Where: The Rag Factory Shoreditch, London, E1 5LJ
Tickets: (all proceeds go towards the Mackintosh Fire Fund)


Elena Grili


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