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New student architecture award granted to Mac student

A 3rd year student at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Phil Zoechbauer, has won the inaugural Holmes Award, a new annual £500 prize open to 3rd year students from the Strathclyde and Mackintosh schools of architecture. The award, supported by architectural practice Holmes, was announced by the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) in May, as part of its commitment to strengthening the links between the two schools and professional practice.

Phil Zoechbauer’s winning submission consisted of design concepts for two schemes in Dumfries and Galloway – a musicians’ retreat in the valley of Glenluce and a ‘Music Box’ performance facility in the town of Stranraer. The judges were impressed by the level of detail and consideration in both schemes and with the strong evidence of a sustainable design approach.

Judge and Holmes partner Sandy McMillan said: “The judges were very impressed by the quality of work by 3rd students and we had difficulty in choosing a final winner. In the end, we felt that Phil’s design showed the greatest maturity of approach and clarity of expression.

"The new award reflects Holmes’ enthusiasm and reputation for recognising talent and engaging with the schools of architecture. We look forward to continuing to support the GIA student awards through this successful scheme.”

Fellow judge and GIA President Martin McKay said: “The GIA Student Awards recognise all years and demonstrate our support for architectural education. This Award further strengthens that support. Both schools maintain an excellent standard and the judges had a very difficult choice. Philip should be rightly proud of his achievement".

The Award will be presented at the 2009 GIA Student Awards ceremony in October.

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