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JAMstudio student’s work presented

Lauren Jenkins, Architectural Assistant at Aberdeen-based JAMstudio, the multi award-winning RIAS chartered architectural practice, has had her work selected to be presented at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh as part of the New Contemporaries Exhibition 2015.



The RGU student, who recently passed her Master??s of Architecture course with distinction, completed her thesis on implementing a more radical approach of high density design to the empty and rundown back land areas in Peterhead. This was part of a wider collaborative team project, which investigated the creation of ‘Resilient towns’.


The curated annual exhibition that focuses on emerging artists and architects in Scotland is expected to run Q1 2015.


Talking in more detail about her work, Lauren said: ?My research focussed heavily on the implementation of higher density housing through various housing styles and design, utilising the idea of creating a sense of place and community as a catalyst for bringing people back the town centre. By doing so it looks to combat the current trend of low-density suburban sprawl. Drawing inspiration from areas such as Aberdeen??s Footdee, and other contemporary housing schemes in the UK and abroad, I created a series of sheltered and intimate spaces that encourage social interaction and aspire to generate a strong sense of community.


?The outline proposal of the project involved the densification/repopulation of empty or rundown spaces in the town. This was achieved by making a series of tower houses, which provide views over the harbour and town, while also creating interesting and more vibrant pedestrian pathways at lower levels. The scheme aims to accommodate a variety of different households by incorporating a mix of sizes from individual dwelling towers with private rooftop terraces to flats and maisonettes.


?The project aims to raise questions of how closely we can live together comfortably and in what formats. I??m very excited that my work has been selected to feature in such a prestigious exhibition, and can??t wait to hear what people think about it.??


Marie-Louise Dunk, Chartered Architect and Director at JAMstudio commented, ?We are extremely proud to have exceptionally talented staff working with us here at the practice. For Lauren to be returning as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant with such successes behind her is outstanding and we look forward to continuing to nurture her talent and helping her apply it in practice as she strives towards her chartered status.??


JAMstudio is currently working on a variety of residential and commercial architectural projects around the city and holds Dana Petroleum, Duncan & Todd and Blue Water Shipping amongst its commercial clients.




Attached image Lauren Jenkins – credit Ray Smith Photography



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