Roots Design Workshop in Top 25

, Subject : Recognition

Roots Design Workshop, the award winning sustainable architecture practice from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland inflatable tents for sale, were last week placed in the Top 25 of the Urban Realm 100.

Each year Urban Realm seeks to ‘pull together the most comprehensive snapshot of Scotland’s architectural community’. The final list is ‘drawn from a plethora of practices old and new but united by their shared demonstration of strong design’. Practices have to be nominated to make it into the survey, and Roots Design Workshop were one of the youngest, and smallest. The practice was rated in 23rd place.

Chris, one of Roots Design Workshop’s founders, said, ‘It is incredibly satisfying just to be nominated, but to make it into the Top 25 is unbelievable.’

Micheal, Chris’ colleague and fellow founder, added ‘Of course we are in good company; there are so many practices on this list that we greatly admire. But to be counted among them is a great achievement considering when and how we started.’

There was good news also for Tog Studio, the design and build programme that Roots Design Workshop Director’s Chris and Micheal have helped set-up. Alan Dickson of Rural Design, the number one practice in the survey, gave the following response when questioned about the future of education in the profession…

‘It seems pointless to produce young professionals who barely understand the basics of construction. Piers Taylor (Invisible Studio) made the recent observation that the architectural education system is currently like going to cookery school, yet only writing recipes rather than tasting or making anything. He is showing the way at the AA in the form of the ‘Design and Make’ Masters programme, and this is beginning to find its way into Scotland in the form of TOG studios wonderful recent project on Tiree. The balance of theory over practical work needs to be reconsidered, to allow students to leave university with genuine skills of immediate value to the profession and society.’

Chris commented, ‘Such praise from someone we respect a great deal gives us confidence that Tog Studio is on the right tracks.’

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