Instrument making is becoming a lost profession, with crafts such as woodwind, brass and percussion instrument making considered endangered, whilst piano making is critically endangered. Due to this, as well as Edinburgh’s rich history of art and music, I chose to design an instrument craft school. This includes spaces for the design, manufacture, testing, and performance of the instruments. Redeveloping the disused Lauriston Fire Station, located on the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) Campus at Lauriston Place, provides an immediate link between the proposal and the existing arts school in the city. The renovation of the Lauriston Fire Station includes extensions and landscaping to the North of the building, linking the proposal to the existing buildings on the ECA campus and creating a sense of harmony on the site. The intention of the proposal is to repurpose a disused building, reviving both a heritage building and craft.
The Master of Architecture (MArch) embraces the challenge of 21st Century architectural practice and focuses on educating architects with a global outlook through projects set in local, national, and international contexts.
Through “vertical studios” in each year of study, steered by leading practitioners and academics, we put current architectural thinking at the heart of the course. We locate architectural design centrally as an academic discipline through rigorous cross-disciplinary design research and complex methodological application. The course recognises the essential cross-cutting and cross-disciplinary nature of architecture, bringing together diverse disciplines aiming to create collaborative/group work as a means of developing design creativity within the realistic teamwork environment of practice. All projects will be developed considering sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and cultural aspects, rather than being studied and applied as discrete areas of teaching and learning.
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