End of Year Show means Best Graduating Student accolade for Dan

A Galashiels local has won a prestigious award in recognition of his achievement in the final year of his Architectural Technology (AT) honours degree.  

Dan TintoDan Tinto, who hails from Colmslie Hill Farm near Langshaw, received the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists accolade for best graduating student at the opening ceremony of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment End of Year Show 2011.

The Show, which launched on Wednesday 15 June with a private opening and prize-giving ceremony, exhibits a range of student designs, sketches and intricate models, spanning architecture, surveying, AT and construction design and management disciplines.

Dan (22) was selected for his award due to his excellent performance in two major pieces of coursework, for which he scored A’s in both. The first was a retrofit design of a tenement block in the Gorbals. Also based in Glasgow, the second was a masterplan development of a shipyard area of the Govan docks. His particular design was a newspaper printing facility where employees could work and also live on site.

Commenting on his award, Dan said: “It’s a real honour to have been selected as the best graduating student in AT. It goes a long to way to making all the hard work and effort worth it”

Looking to the near future, Dan aims to return to Robert Gordon University to pursue an honours degree in architecture, for which he is currently making an advanced application to enter stage three of the course directly.

Head of School, Dr David McClean commented:
“I would like to congratulate Dan and all winners at this year’s ceremony. The End of Year Show is an important celebration of the work of the School, and amply displays the commitment, imagination and dedication of our students and staff.

“It provides an excellent demonstration of the broad range of professional skills developed by our students through diverse projects, many of which relate to our local community. Despite the impact of the economic downturn on the construction industry at this point in time, the design and realisation of buildings, towns and cities of the highest quality endures as a fundamental social need.

“Consequently, we believe there is much on display that will be of interest to the public, and welcome all those interested to the Show.”

Taking place at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment on Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, the End of Year Show is open to the public until Thursday 30 June inclusive, Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm and Sunday 11.00-5.00pm. For more information, visit:  


Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389