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The Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust promotes the study of living society
in its environment, according to the principles and practice of Professor
Sir Patrick Geddes (1854-1932). He was one of the first biologists to
stress the prime importance of habitat in what would now be called
ecology, using a method of survey and synthesis developed in Scotland,
France, the Near East and India and based on the principle of


The Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust Awards Scheme

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Results of the Sir Patrick Geddes Memoral Trust Awards Scheme for 2007- 2008

On 13 March 2008, as part of the Scottish Government's Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning, John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth presented certificates to the winning entries in the Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust Student Awards' Scheme for 2007-2008.

This year entries were received from five universities, some of whom were submitting for the first time. The Trustees attending the awards' ceremony at the Hub were delighted to meet and congratulate the students on the high standard of their work.

The Category 1 award (course work reflecting Geddes principles) went to Allison Borden and Ferdia McLeavey-Reville, MSc students on the Architectural Conservation course at the Edinburgh College of Art. Their study entitled, "Architectural Intervention", looked at a shared design for the City of Literature and Edinburgh International Book Festival in the Canongate area of the city. The prize for Category 2a (award for best undergraduate dissertation) went to Stewart McNally for his dissertation on "Public Participation and the Involvement of Children". The judges also commended the entry from Eilidh Henderson of the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde on "An investigation into the use of design codes and the emotional impact of the relationship between street width and building height". In Category 2b such was the quality of the work received the judges' panel recommended, and the Trust agreed, that two prizes should be awarded this year; the first to Gille Young of the Department of Town and Regional Planning at Dundee University for her wide ranging work on "Public Protests and the Historic Inner City in Europe" and the second to Steven Orr of the School of the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University for his dissertation on "A Change in the Wind: Assessment of the potential of public participation planning for wind energy". A third candidate in the same category, Nora Frolich of the School of Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, was highly commended for her dissertation on "Revitalisation of Hungarian Post-Socialist Towns and Quarters". The Category 3 award (best first year student) went to Craig Robb now in his second year of the BSc course in Town and Regional Planning at Dundee University.

The Trustees are most grateful to those universities that submitted entries and were pleased to note the high standard of all of the work received. Our thanks go to the Scottish Government for their kind support in letting us join their national awards' ceremony and also to The Economic Development Investment Group, for their ongoing financial support.