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About the featured work, ‘Continuous Threads: A New Silk Legacy’

Bruce’s final design thesis project is concerned with the dialectic between the individual object and the collective subject, that is the relationship between a singular piece of architecture and the city as a whole. His thesis is an investigation of an architecture that considers the latent potential to integrate and contribute to the civic dimension of the city. The clarity of the city, its streets, blocks, public spaces and institutional forms, become the material for architectural production. Typology and morphology become the tools through which the architecture is designed. The Thesis proposal is situated in Zurich and seeks to resurrect the fragments of the city’s lost silk industry, and speculates toward the contemporary continuity of the industry’s Legacy within the city. The project exploits silk production and research as a programmatic vehicle for an institution that engages with the legibility of Zurich’s urban structure, positioning the Architecture of science as the new heart of civic representation within the City of Zurich.


Bruce is a final year architecture student at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. He was born in Glasgow and has lived in the city his entire life. In a sense this connection to place and context is an undercurrent which runs throughout much of his works at The Glasgow School of Art. A key driver in his projects is the strength of a simplistic concept for an architecture, that is derived from a contextual response to the site specific conditions of each individual project.

Bruce has won several awards for his work during his studies, including the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) Award for Best Portfolio in 2011, 2013 and 2015; The Mackintosh School of Architecture Portfolio Award in 2015; And the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Drawing Award in 2013. He was also nominated for a RIBA Presidents Medals in 2013 and 2015.

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