NTU Architecture Subject Group

Taxidermy Tower

The Charles Darwin & John Edmonstone Biological Research Complex

Named after Charles Darwin and John Edmonstone, the complex reflects Edinburgh’s rich biological history where Darwin paid Edmonstone to teach him Taxidermy in the 1820’s.

The art of Taxidermy is the central focus for the complex, where students present their work within the Taxidermy Tower. The deeper purpose behind taxidermy stems from biological research into gene editing that can prevent the extinction of animals through improving genetic traits.

An integration of Live/ Work units as an alternative to student accommodation can be understood in more detail within the dissertation created for this year, where a look into how we reclaim the spaces we live and work in can be associated with increased happiness and productivity.

The deep connections between biological research and taxidermy presents an opportunity for the aesthetics to follow inspiration from animal forms and structures. Inspired by the Biomorphic structures of bird bones, a harmonious link between the function of the site and the architectural language emerges.

Ella Wittering
Student name
Ella Wittering
MArch Architecture

MArch Architecture

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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