I was honoured to be invited to return to my alma matter, the University of Edinburgh (ESALA) last week to be guest of honour at the graduation prize-giving’s for the Masters programmes. Edinburgh a special place for me; a place of many layers and unfolding landscape, rich in narrative context, cultural diversity and architectural and urban juxtaposition (I wrote about this in Architecture Today http://www.architecturetoday.co.uk/wendy-perring/).
The work on show was inspiring in its richness. I was delighted to witness a school that is actively embracing its artistic and academic collaboration with the Art College. The quality and extent of model-making and sculptural architectural devices on display was sensuous and enticing, as was the crafted beauty of the drawings on display. I often lament that the skill of the architectural drawing has been lost in our digital world along with the ability to convey architectural space in built three-dimensions. I was proved very wrong!
I also found some time while in the city to meet with Jack Arundell of Izat Arundell https://www.izatarundell.com/ - such a warm welcome and extremely talented, the duo have converted a simple garage in the Grassmarket into a wonderful crafted and airy studio apartment, a fabulous space and definitely a practice to watch out for in years to come.
The studio is available to rent https://www.porteous.studio/