Each of the invited LAGI Glasgow teams includes an interdisciplinary venture of Glasgow-based practices paired with one past LAGI competition team.
Local knowledge and outside perspective came together in the three paired teams, who each presented their proposal that benefits both conceptually and technically from this variety of professional backgrounds.
Glasgow Based practices
erz: Rolf Roscher, Felicity Steers, Murray McKeller, Euan Maharg, Chris Swan, David Hammett, and Aidan Cifelli
erz was set up in 2007 by Rolf Roscher and Felicity Steers and is a multidisciplinary environmental design studio, led by landscape architects. erz is an award winning, innovative practice, with a strong foundation in collaboration and dialogue.
erz’s work has been recognised as thoughtful, transformative and beautiful. erz work at many scales: from interventions and installations to the design and delivery of public spaces, masterplans and urban strategies. erz are based in Glasgow’s Merchant City and work throughout the UK.
Alec Finlay, who created the first renewable artworks in the UK, and established the first blog dedicated to art, renewable energy and landscape, skying.
Alec Finlay is an artist and poet whose work crosses over a range of media and forms, from poetry, sculpture, and collage, to audio-visual, neon, and new technology. Born in Scotland in 1966, much of Finlay’s work reflects on human interaction with nature and considers how we as a culture, or cultures, relate to landscape and ecology. Finlay describes much of his work as ‘microtonal’, combining a family of elements within a wide field. He has worked extensively with innovative poetic forms such as the mesostic, embedded-poem, and circle-poem. In 2010 Finlay was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize, and in 2012 for the Artistic Landmarks in Contemporary Experience (ALICE) Awards.
Dr Laura Watts, who created the unique ‘energy walk’.
Dr Laura Watts is an Associate Professor, writer, poet and ethnographer at the Technologies in Practice research group, IT University of Copenhagen. She is interested in the effect of landscape and location on how the future is imagined and made in high-tech industries. Over the past eight years she has collaborated as an ethnographer with the mobile telecoms industry, the renewable energy industry, and the public transport sector, working with community organisations and multinational companies from Denmark to the Orkney islands. She is also exploring different writing methods (from fanzines to guided walks) as interventions that can change the futures we imagine and make.
As an independent consultant and producer, Ben advises a wide range of organisations from the public, private and non-profit sectors on the development of art and architecture initiatives in the public realm, including: research, strategic policy, feasibility studies, plan and project development, artist appointments, engagement and education programmes and evaluation.
Ben was recently Producer of VELOCITY - an ambitious approach to deliver a programme of art sited in the public domain that sought to re-imagine, re-connect and repair the physical and social fabric of Glasgow in response to the impact of the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the city. Prior to this Ben was Director of the Scottish Contemporary Art Network - a membership organisation representing the visual arts sector across Scotland.
Andrew Smith, Head of Scottish Renewables Investment bank
Background in renewable energy and law
Dr. Scott Strachan, Teaching Fellow in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde
Andrew Lyons, Mechanical Engineer at Ramboll
Studio LR (graphic design)
Ken Cockburn, a freelance poet and editor
Gareth Davies, Renewable energy specialist at Aquatera
Ben Adam, Structural Engineer at David Narro Associates
Stallan-Brand and Partners
Paul Stallan, Patrick Wilson, Kirsty Collins, Mark Feeley, and Craig Gray
Stallan Brand Architectural Design, Urban Regeneration & Master Planning
Paul Stallan is immersed in social and urban regeneration development initiatives working with communities across Scotland. Paul recently gave a prestigious TEDx lecture on the practices approach to regeneration where he case studied the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village which he led and which has just won a series of national design awards for sustainability, regeneration, placemaking and architecture.
Marc Cairns, Dele Adeyemo, Becca Thomas, Duncan Bain, and Anna Raymond
Pidgin Perfect Creative Engagement & Public Art
Marc Cairns has delivered a wide range of public arts projects, including permanent and temporary work, for clients across Scotland; integrating artists as part of the design teams, designing creative community consultation, exhibitions, festivals and events. Marc enjoys working as part of design teams with arts professionals, architects, engineers, planners, local developers, regeneration officers and other design professionals.
Deborah McNeill, Tom Deas, and Dr Zara Gladman
Glasgow Science Festival / University of Glasgow Public Engagement Group STEM (Glasgow Science Festival), Expert in Delivery of City Wide Programmes for Children and Young People & Scientific Research
Dr. Deborah McNeill is Director of the Glasgow Science Festival, which she co-founded in 2006. The festival has engaged over 300,000 people since its inception. GSF is one of the major projects delivered by the Public Engagement Group in STEM at the University of Glasgow, which Deborah is head of (for over eleven years). The Public Engagement Group develops and delivers a range of small to large scale projects (approx. £400K per annum) with a strong focus on adult and community engagement, as well as schools in the West of Scotland and beyond. Dr McNeill is also a marine biology researcher working in coral reef ecology.
ZM Architecture and Partners
Peter Foster Richardson
Peter graduated from the University of Edinburgh with distinction in 1988, winning the Edinburgh association Architectural Silver Medal and qualified as a registered architect in 1989. He set up in private practice in 1993 and founded ZOO Architects in 1997. He won the RIAS Innovative Architect of the Year Award in 2000, and was shortlisted for the international 2001 YAYA. In 2003-4 his practice merged with McGurn Architects to create ZM Architecture Limited. Peter sits on the design panel of Architecture and Design Scotland and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland. In 2007, he co-founded the "Low Carbon Forum," a group aimed at promoting large-scale renewable concepts for Glasgow.
Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion
Dalziel + Scullion
Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion are Scottish based artists who have worked in collaboration since 1993. Their studio creates artworks in photography, video, sound and sculpture that explore new artistic languages around the subject of ecology. The work strives to visualise aspects of our shared environment from alternative perspectives and to re-establish and re-evaluate our engagement with the non-human species we live alongside. Dalziel + Scullion have been selected for important national and international exhibitions including the British Art Show and the Venice Biennale and have been awarded numerous awards and prizes including being short-listed for the international Artes Mundi Prize 2008. They are frequently invited to be keynote speakers at leading conferences and symposiums on the subject of art and ecology.
Qmulus Power Engineering
Qmulus Ltd has an proven track record of delivering renewable and low carbon electricity projets and associated services to renewable energy developers, larger users of power, electricity companies, and government agencies in the UK and overseas. Their technology portfolio includes hydro, PV, on-shore and off-shore wind, tidal, biomass, and anaerobic digestion, as well as small-scale community generation and private energy distribution projects.
(past LAGI participants)
Riccardo Mariano is an artist, architect and designer based in Berlin, Germany. In 2009 he earned a Master of Science in Architecture with honours from Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland.
Following his graduation, Riccardo joined BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen where he enhanced his architectural practice working on a diverse range of projects worldwide. While at BIG Riccardo has been involved, among other projects, in the concept development phase of West 57, a mixed-use residential building in New York City and in the design development of Gammel Hellerup, a Multi-use Hall and Gymnasium in Copenhagen.
Since 2012 Riccardo is part of the design and development team at Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin. Collaborating with the Studio he has been focusing on several private and public commissions from architectural experimentations and large-scale installations to sculptures. In 2014 Riccardo has been instrumental for the competition winning proposal for an artwork on the Central Station square in Rotterdam and he is currently following the design development of the sculpture. While working closely with Olafur Eliasson, Riccardo has been independently undertaking architectural and public art projects. In 2014 he led an interdisciplinary team for the design “Herning Energy Promenade”, awarded with the LAGI Green Cities Special Jury Prize. In 2015 Riccardo has won two out of the three sub area awards for “Wonderland: East lake Tai international public art competition” with the entries “Flying Bi” and “Tao Pavilion”.
Born and raised in the agricultural epicenter of the Canadian prairies, Matthew Rosenberg left Saskatoon in 2000 to study and work across twenty four cities and fourteen countries. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art (University of Saskatchewan), a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (Dalhousie University), and a Masters of Architecture (SCIArc) which he received alongside a Selected Thesis Award. He has also studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal and the Louvre in Paris. Matthew has significant experience in the design and implementation of bespoke, complex and large scale architecture while recently taking hold of smaller scale projects and mobile furniture fabrication. After over a year living and working in Beijing, he returned to Los Angeles in 2012 to launch MRad where he aims to reconceptualize architecture and urban growth through social and environmental research.
MRad studios is dedicated to exploring progressive solutions with clients who are interested in redefining the architectural style of our time. We provide bespoke solutions to universal problems.
The work, while varied in scale and eclectic in scope, is harmonized by alternative sustainable solutions and enhanced social exchanges. We are working to facilitate the development of socially generated solutions that will maximize the function of our buildings or strengthen a community’s infrastructure.
Our goal at MRad is to introduce elements that reinvigorate the existing landscape into public spaces and offer the community a chance to define a thriving culture. Our hope is that our designs help to build a stronger bond between the community and their built environment by offering them a part in its development.
CULTURE, COMMUNITY, CLIMATE: these words capture the heart of who we are. Our inspiration draws on a deep respect for the cultures and individuals that our work immediately affects. We envision landscapes that enrich communities, inspiring people to interact with each other as well as the structures that we draft. Incorporating science and climate data allows us to produce buildings that push the frontiers of environmental sustainability. In this way, we are both locally and globally minded. Small details can impact our world in great ways.
Peter Yeadon, Yeadon Space Agency
See Peter's LAGI 2010 submission here
Peter Yeadon is a Registered Architect in the State of New York and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is the Founder of Yeadon Space Agency in New York City, a practice that is known for its expertise in advanced materials for architecture and design, particularly applications for smart materials and nanomaterials with novel properties. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including AIA awards and a top five finalist spot in the 2010 World Technology Awards, and his work has been published in dozens of books and magazines in Asia, North America, Europe, Australia, and South America.
Yeadon is also a Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he has taught courses on design innovation via emergent materials since 2002. He has lectured on this topic at a few dozen professional conferences and universities, including: the Royal College of Art, The Bartlett at UCL, Harvard University, the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Denmark, Brown University, Parsons, NYU, McGill University, and elsewhere. Prior to his appointment at RISD, Yeadon taught at Cornell University and the University of Toronto. He lives in Manhattan.