RGU students to present at leading architecture industry conference

Master of Architecture students at Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment will present at the annual Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Convention this week, the first time students have been given the opportunity.

The event, which will take place at the historic Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen on Friday and Saturday, is one of the largest architectural conferences in Europe and will give the students a platform to present their ideas in front of the world’s leading architects.

There will be presentations by three different units from the Scott Sutherland School, which will look at a variety of issues affecting us on a local and national scale and offer innovative architectural solutions to help address them.

Stuart Dilley, Neil Mair and Callum Dalgetty will present a vision for Aviemore, the historic Highland town which grew dramatically during the 1960s and 70s becoming a major tourist destination. The original town centre did not survive further decades of redevelopment, nor the impact of economic downturn – the result being a modern-day town without a ‘centre’. The students’ vision is for a contemporary town centre, and for a resilient Aviemore.

Hannah Skyner will deliver her insight into the relationship between architecture and teaching and how the quality and flexibility of design for educational buildings can have a dramatic effect on learning.

The final presentation, by Kirsten MacFarlane and Danny Whitelaw, will look at the effect of rising water levels and increased flooding on architecture and how architects can engage with floodplains to create innovative solutions which will allow these areas to be used for residential and commercial purposes in the future.

Architecture lecturer, David Vardy, commented:

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to present their ideas to some of the country’s most respected architects.”

“At Scott Sutherland School we are always looking at ways in which we can expose our students to the industry they will be working in, helping to ensure our graduates are as prepared and work-ready as possible. This is a perfect example of our industry engagement and we hope that it will be the beginning of a regular invitation for students at the convention.”

As well as the presentations, there will be an exhibition of students’ work on display at the convention which will allow even more students the chance to engage with the industry professionals and gain invaluable feedback as they develop their projects.