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Shortlist confirmed in Keppie backed High School design contest

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January 21 2013

Shortlist confirmed in Keppie backed High School design contest
Nine shortlisted designs produced by pupils at each of East Ayrshire’s secondary schools have been unveiled by Keppie as part of a regional architecture competition.

The schools were instructed to design of a moveable, weatherproof structure for the display and sale of products in partnership with a local business and student mentors from the Glasgow School of Art. 

Known as the Interaction project this forms a key plank of East Ayrshire’s £1m business and enterprise programme and is geared toward readying pupils for the world of work by promoting enterprise in education

It is championed by both David Ross, Keppie’s design director, and local billionaire Sir Tom Hunter.

Commenting on the scheme Ross said:  “The pupils have been incredibly enthusiastic and it’s excellent to know that we’re helping to bring forward the next generation of design professionals.

 “Communicating the difference that good design can have on everyday life and ensuring schools and businesses work closely together is key to this effort.”

Each of the chosen finalists will deliver a Dragons Den style pitch to a panel of judges; including TV presenter Kirsty Wark and sculptor Andy Scott, at East Ayrshire Council’s HQ on 31 January.

The Interaction project is the latest in a series of bids to promote design related professions to pupils, notably Dundee’s Creative Spaces 2012.
Auchinleck Academy proudly display their work, which will go head-to-head with eight other finalists
Auchinleck Academy proudly display their work, which will go head-to-head with eight other finalists
Grange Academy show off their geodesic proposal
Grange Academy show off their geodesic proposal

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