Edinburgh College students challenged to come up with creative ideas

A group of Edinburgh College students were recently challenged to come up with creative ideas to change space in a local secondary school at a national architecture conference in Edinburgh. 

Architecture and Design Scotland tasked a group of NC Architecture and Interior Design students with developing creative proposals for changing space in Tynecastle High School, as part of the 2018 Education Buildings Scotland Conference. 

The students attended the two-day conference, which was opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, and got to speak to representatives from Scotland’s leading building contractors and engage with other delegates before undertaking the challenge set to them on the second and final day.

Lecturer Ellie Bell-Thomson said: “The creative ideas and enthusiasm shown by all of our students across the two days was fantastic. It was a brilliant opportunity for them to speak to industry leading experts and find out what opportunities are available.” 

Diarmaid Lawlor Director of Place Architecture and Design Scotland said: “Across the two days of the Education Buildings Scotland Conference, young people from the schools, colleges and universities were afforded the opportunity to build awareness of issues, jobs, and work in the creative industries, construction and learning by interacting with delegates and exhibitors.” 

“We used this opportunity to highlight the role of young people as partners in shaping the brief for and designing learning spaces, to the audience of influencers in the learning estate. The aim of the project was to showcase the skills and capabilities of the young co-designers which is why we were delighted to be able to work with the students from Edinburgh College to see their talent at work.”