MSA Stage 4 School of Architecture

Shaun McDonald

This image is to show how the old and new building re-create a once traditional streetscape.

During my studies, I have became deeply committed to both the conceptual and technical aspects of architecture. I begin the design process with hand drawn sketches, laying out forms, masses, and spaces. To further develop my concepts and designs I use digital tools such as AutoCAD, SketchUp, Enscape, Blender, Photoshop and Illustrator. By using both traditional and modern techniques in my creative process I am able to realize my design aspirations with both precision and clarity.

Throughout my fourth year at the Glasgow School of Art, our projects have been heavily focussed on the theme of “Living in Agreement”. As the year progressed I explored how architecture can serve as a powerful tool in creating spaces that foster safety, learning, and creativity for people from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities. In my designs I have strived to build environments where community and unity are at the forefront. Offering inclusive spaces that cater to the needs of all individuals promoting social interaction and a place to live in agreement.

A significant influence on my recent projects has been Eric Klinenberg “Palaces for the People: How to Build a More Equal and United Society.”.  Klinenberg’s approach to viewing architecture and spaces as integral to social cohesion has profoundly impacted my perspective. His ideas have inspired me to think beyond mere structural design, considering how spaces can be inhabited and adapted to meet the needs of the many, rather than just the few.

My artistic style is characterized by a grounded and safe approach, often utilizing simplistic forms and shapes. By combining these elements, I aim to create designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and welcoming. This simplicity allows the essence of the space to shine through, emphasizing harmony and inclusiveness.

Contact
shaun.mcd01@gmail.com
S.Mcdonald1@student.gsa.ac.uk
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Projects
Living in Agreement -Urban Developments
This image is to show how the old and new building re-create a once traditional streetscape.

Living in Agreement -Urban Developments

Urban Housing – Sociable Housing

The urban housing retrofit, and new build project was influenced by Typology and Inter-sectional Urbanism. The aim of this project is to encourage interaction between the various types of inhabitants both in the new build and the surrounding area. Having the new build act as a hypothetical bridge or conduit between the pre-war tenements and post war maisonettes of Cardross Court in Dennistoun. Dennistoun is home to a wide variety of occupants with varying ethnicities, cultures, professions, and living arrangements. The once friendly and neighbourly feeling that came with multistorey dwellings such as the tenements seems like a time long passed. Isolationism and closed social circles are becoming increasingly more common in these types of dwellings. To encourage neighbourly interactions the stairwell or “Social Close” in the newbuild is the hub for circulation and interaction. The thresholds to the apartments have alcoves, creating a semi-private space for the inhabitants to rest and communicate to their neighbours, a larger landing allows for interaction in passing and offers a view across the proverbial street to the intervened existing flats. The glazed conservatory spaces both in the new build and retrofit look to one another prompting further interaction. In the intervened maisonettes the same pattern can be seen with social alcoves at the thresholds of the apartments and generous landings in the round robin staircase for interactions in passing. On the outside, communal allotments and re-wilding bushes can be found, to both help the areas biodiversity and provide the community with a common goal.

Urban Building – Learning and Development

This proposal is to be a Learning and Development Centre which is to fill the neglected space of Wellpark on the western edge of Dennistoun. From the outside it aims to populate the currently barren site of Wellpark, and reform a streetscape, between itself and the long standing sandstone church turned business centre on the opposite side of the street. Dennistoun has in many ways been left to it’s own devices, with the commercial industry that once made Duke Street a bustling hub slowly fading out. In Dennistoun there are few places which encourage social interaction, learning and skills development. The proposed building aims to plug that gap and by Eric Klinenberg’s definition create a ‘Palace for the People’ of dennistoun promoting a safe space place to gather and a place to learn. The proposal provides areas for people to socialise, attend classes, develop skills, and utilise workshops giving people a space to embrace their creativity and access to tools and materials they might not be able to afford. The centre also contributes to the areas economy, offering jobs, low priced goods, and a store for creatives to sell their works. Taking the benefits of combining well-being and nature together, a safe nature garden is also proposed which will help contribute to the biodiversity within dennistoun as well as provide for the different spaces within the Learning and Development Center. Site developments include the relocation of existing trees, a better testiment to the wellpark monument, and a revived Tenents History Mural on the sites western perimeter.

Living in Agreement - Urban Housing / Urban Building.

Shaun McDonald - Urban Building Internal Walkthrough.

This is a digital walkaround of the proposed internal spaces within the building located in Wellpark,Dennistoun for the Studio Work 4 Final Submission. This internal walkaround highlights how the internal spaces are to be occupied and showcases the key internal spaces such as the library and attrium. This was made using a combination of SketchUp and Enscape

Urban Building 1:250 Site Model

Urban Building 1:250 Site Model

Shaun McDonald - Urban Building Site Walkaround

This is a digital walkaround of the proposed alterations and building on Wellpark in Dennistoun for the Studio Work 4 Final Submission. This walkaround showcases the external thresholds between the different altered spaces within the sites proposal. This was made using a combination of SketchUp and Enscape.

Shaun McDonald - Urban Building Site Walkaround

This is a digital walkaround of the proposed alterations and building on Cardross Court in Dennistoun for the Studio Work 4 Final Submission. This walkaround showcases the external thresholds between the different altered spaces within the sites proposal. This was made using a combination of SketchUp and Enscape.