RGU Professor, Gokay Deveci, is the recipient of another national design award for a successful KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) agreement which resulted in the building of a sustainable model house at Pitmachie.
The Model-D Show House, built in partnership with local firm Sylvan Stuart Ltd, was officially opened by First Minister Alex Salmond in November 2011. Constructed almost entirely from Scottish timber, the house was created from a concept aimed at exploring affordable, low-carbon homes which could be easily constructed in rural communities.
The first of the Model-D’s multiple plaudits was awarded in July, when it was announced as one of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s (RIAS) inaugural award winners, representing the very best of current Scottish architecture.
The Model-D was also the only recipient of a newly established RIAS award, sponsored by Wood for Good and the Forestry Commission Scotland, which seeks to stimulate greater appreciation of home-grown Scottish timber. The award was bestowed on the Model-D house as it best demonstrated the use of timber in construction.
The industry acclaim did not stop there however, as earlier this month the Model-D was announced as a recipient of the prestigious Saltire Society’s 75th annual Housing Design Awards.
Recognised in the ‘Private Dwelling – New Build’ category, Professor Deveci, who also received awards in 2004, 2005 and 2011, was presented with his award at a ceremony in Edinburgh by Scottish Minister for Housing and Transport, Keith Brown MSP.
Professor Deveci commented: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been honoured on a local and national scale for our KTP project which offers a model for affordable housing stock in the countryside.”