Awards suc­cess for ar­chi­tect

The Oban Times - - News -

A LOCHABER ar­chi­tect has won a se­ries of awards.

Ann Nis­bet, found­ing di­rec­tor of Ann Nis­bet Stu­dio, won a Royal In­cor­po­ra­tion of Ar­chi­tects in Scot­land (RIAS) award for a con­tem­po­rary ru­ral farm­house in Ayr­shire, as well as be­ing short­listed for Emerg­ing Scot­tish Ar­chi­tect of the Year.

The project is one of three build­ings in Scot­land to have won a Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects (RIBA) na­tional award. The build­ing has also won a place on the RIBA House of the Year longlist, which is filmed by Chan­nel 4’s Grand De­signs and will be tele­vised over four episodes in Novem­ber; the 2017 Saltire Hous­ing De­sign Award; the RIBA Na­tional Award; the RIAS Ar­chi­tec­ture Award and the 2017 Best Res­i­den­tial Build­ing; Scot­tish De­sign Awards.

The zinc and spruce clad farm­house is one of only 12 build­ings vy­ing for the pres­ti­gious An­drew Doolan Award for Best Build­ing in Scot­land. With a prize of £25,000, it is the high­est ac­co­lade in Scot­tish ar­chi­tec­ture.

Ms Nis­bet said: ‘ We’re elated our project has won a RIBA na­tional award and is nom­i­nated for RIBA house of the year.’

The 38-year- old ar­chi­tect from Kin­locheil, Lochaber, at­tended Lochy­side Pri­mary School and grad­u­ated from Lochaber High School in 1996. Her mother Florence runs Kin­locheil Post Of­fice and her fa­ther Andy, who is now re­tired, worked at the alu­minium smelter in Fort Wil­liam.

‘With­out a doubt, Lochaber has had an in­flu­ence on my work. I have the priv­i­lege of be­ing from one of the most beau­ti­ful ar­eas of Scot­land, if not the world. The land­scape, cul­ture and his­tory have in­flu­enced my strong in­ter­est in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, ar­chi­tec­ture and pol­i­tics,’ said Ms Nis­bet.

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