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Archial Wins Best Interior Design at DIA Awards

“Best Interior Design Project” for Archial’s National Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education

Archial’s design for the National Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education at the University of Abertay Dundee has picked up the prize for “Best Interior Design Project” at the annual DIA (Dundee Institute of Architects) Awards.

National Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education National Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education Dundee National Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education University of Abertay Dundee
photos © Keith Hunter

Abertay University is recognised as a world leader in computer games and interactive media courses, and has been at the forefront of games education and research for almost 15 years. The National Centre of Excellence forms the core of the Institute for Arts, Media and Computer Games at the University which expands the range of graduates able to make an immediate commercial impact, and to drive the future success of the computer games and interactive industries within the national and global economies.

As part of the works commissioned by Abertay University, Archial provided a high quality refurbishment of Level 3 of the Kydd Building to create the Centre of Excellence in Computer Gaming Education – this comprises workstations, seminar and teaching rooms, an atrium and an external foyer.

National Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education National Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education Dundee National Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education University of Abertay Dundee
photos © Keith Hunter

High-gloss acrylic is used throughout, in sculptural form, reflecting light and energy and movement – key elements used in the creation of computer games. This material, known as “Parapan”, has been employed in combination with a translucent stretch membrane, behind which are placed coloured LED lights: these can be controlled by students, allowing a tailored enhancement to their presentations about the computer games products which they create.

The photos of the National Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education were taken at the end of the first phase for Azzurro furniture which show the Parapan and LED lights.


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DIA AGM + Awards Announcement 2008
23 Mar
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Dundee Institute of Architects Design Awards 2007

Deadline: 21 Jul
Projects completed 30 May 2005 – 30 May 2007 within DIA Chapter: Perthshire, Angus, North Fife
Submissions info: Rodger Brunton, Brunton Design Studio, 95 Dundee St, Carnoustie, Angus DD7 7EW

DIA – Dialogue magazine Launch


Dialogue magazine’s Summer 2003 edition will be launched on 21st August in the University of Dundee’s Carnelley Building. Published by the Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA), and supported by a major grant from The Lighthouse’s Innovation Fund, Dialogue is part of an initiative to make architecture more accessible to the public. It sets out to be an accessible magazine which uses everyday language and striking images, in order to address a local agenda.

An 80 page journal in a unique, lustrous square format, Dialogue is built around four sections: DIA’s own editorial; a range of building studies from across Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross; a series of articles on the theme of education; and finally a range of features, many of which concentrate on the architecture and environs of Glen Lyon in Highland Perthshire. A common element throughout is the desire to highlight the over-looked and under-appreciated, and also to cover issues which aren’t even touched upon in the “national” magazines.

Dialogue magazine will be distributed free of charge to schools, libraries, businesses and Planning Departments through the north-east, from an initial print-run of 2000 copies. In order to reach as broad an audience as possible Dialogue is backed up with DIA’s website, www.dia-architects.com which includes a micro-site dedicated to Dialogue. DIA hopes to stimulate participation in future issues, to promote awareness of the local built environment, and above all to foster a dialogue between professionals and the public.

Dialogue Magazine – PR 6 Aug 2003

Further info re Dialogue: Dialogue Editor, Dundee Institute of Architects, c/o: 111 King St, Broughty Ferry, Dundee. DIA: 01382 778966

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