Awards success for architect
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.