NTU Architecture Subject Group

The Vennel Seat

When the Edinburgh College of Art was established in 1907, the Main Building was built at the Lauriston Campus, situated above the Grassmarket with expansive views towards Edinburgh Castle. It has since become one of a cluster of buildings built on the site, each marking different periods of the college’s growth.

To the north-east of the architecture studios, at the top of vennel steps sits Kier Street car park, the chosen site for the college’s further expansion. The proposal houses a school for sustainable furniture making, where recycled and repurposed materials are at the heart of the making process and sustainable materials are echoed throughout the building fabric. Responding to the site's slopped context, the building is arranged as a series of tiered platforms under a stepped saw-tooth roof, creating an open, single-volume studio space to encourage the collaboration of users and integration of different activities. The stepped roof lights fill the studio platforms with north light and provide unobstructed views of the Edinburgh Castle and skyline.

Susannah Hudson
Student name
Susannah Hudson
MArch Architecture
Best Technical Resolution & Best Sustainable Design

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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