Silver Medal Success for Architecture Graduates

Recent Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) graduates, Marshall Inglis and Marcus Rothnie, have been Highly Commended in the RIBA President's Medals Student Awards, receiving the only High Commendation in the Silver Medal category.

The RIBA President’s Medals are widely regarded as the most prestigious international awards in architectural education. Established in 1836, they are the Royal Institute of British Architects’ oldest awards. The Silver Medal is for Best Design Project at Part 2 (typically the last two years of University-based architectural education).

Marshall and Marcus both graduated in June 2015 from the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) with a Masters of Architecture (MArch) degree. Marcus also studied for his undergraduate BA/MA in Architecture at ESALA, graduating in 2013.

A new visualisation for India’s most populous city.

Marshall and Marcus’ project, Chlorophyllous Urbanism: Mumbai, was undertaken as part of a two-year, research-led Integrated Pathway (led by Dr Dorian Wiszniewski) focusing on India’s most populous city.

Marcus says that what he enjoyed most about the MArch programme was this “research-based engagement with the city”…

We dealt with what was happening on the ground in Mumbai in creative and thoroughly investigative ways and yet there remained certain elements of traditional practice. It felt like a good balance of innovative and grounded thinking, and the project was stronger for it”.

Centring on five sites along the city’s Thane Creek coastline, the duo’s new visualisation of Mumbai is designed to be more in tune with the city’s underlying feculent characteristics.

Chlorophyllous Urbanism has been selected for exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy's New Contemporaries exhibition 2016 and has won the Clason-Harvey Bursary Prize 2015, the Dunbar Nasmith Bursary Prize 2015 and the LDN Award 2015.

Preparing students for life after ECA

The Integrated Pathway is unique to ESALA and affords students the opportunity to complete one project over two years.

Talking of how this prepared him for working in practice (he now works for Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios), Marcus explains…

“It required a certain stamina and pacing, which is more similar to projects in practice. It also allowed us to engage in the full range of architectural scales, from urban strategy down to building and body. The same rigour is expected in practice projects.”

Marcus and Marshall were placed together for early preliminary work and found they worked well together as a partnership. They said of their High Commendation…

“We were delighted to even be nominated by ESALA for the RIBA President’s Medals, so to be Highly Commended - out of the hundreds of excellent entries - is amazing. It is a great opportunity to showcase our work to a wider public audience. I think ESALA has been knocking on the door of recognition at these awards for a few years now, and I’m sure someone from the School will go one better soon”.