From markets to museums: Scott Sutherland Show launches with prize-winning students

Market for the CityAn award ceremony to recognise the top students at Robert Gordon University's Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment will launch the School's 2010 End of Year Show this evening (Tuesday 22 June).

Selected students of architecture, architectural technology, construction design and management and surveying from each year group will receive prizes from both the University and prestigious industry organisations in recognition of their outstanding work at the ceremony, which takes place at 6.30pm.

Master of Architecture student, Rick Burney (24), from Aberdeen, is set to receive not one, but two awards - the John B. Johnstone prize for best overall student, and the Aberdeen Society of Architects (ASA) Silver Medal (jointly with fellow MArch student, Raju Noor).

The ASA Silver Medal is being awarded to Rick in respect of the outstanding quality of his final year project - designs for a local produce market located within the fish processing area of Aberdeen. Rick's project proposes the return of a lost institution, ‘A market for the city' which would radically transform the life of the area.

As Rick explains, "An inherently seasonal market and complementary facilities would provide a new place for the trade of regional produce, where local farmers, fishermen, distillers and food producers could exhibit what the North East has to offer."

"I am delighted to receive this recognition for my final year project and overall performance this year. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the tutors I've had over the years for their support and encouragement, for which I am greatly appreciative," he adds.

Nada Nayef (23), who comes from Gaza, Palestine, has received the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Best Graduating student category.

She concludes her BSc Architectural Technology degree with a winning project that reflects her interest in a subject area that she has engaged in throughout her studies - the conservation of built heritage.

Nada's final year project is based on Blairs Museum, a historically significant building situated on North Deeside Road, which houses collections and artefacts spanning over 500 years of Scotland's Catholic history.

"My project is split into two halves," explains Nada. "The first part demonstrates the historical and social values of the museum, and the second details a conservation plan for the building's facade."

"I'm really pleased to have been selected for this award," continues Nada. "The conservation of built heritage really interests me as I believe it's vital for conserving national history. As such, it's great to have a project that I am passionate about to have been recognised by such a prestigious body."

Nada, who was originally educated at Al-Ahliya School, Kuwait, now completes what has been a hugely successful undergraduate career at Robert Gordon University. In first and second year she won the University prize for the best student in her course, and in second year she received the best student award from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Scotland.

After graduating in July this year, Nada aims to undertake further studies in building conservation.

Head of School, Dr David McClean comments, "The End of Year Show at the Scott Sutherland School is a celebration of the commitment, passion, ingenuity, and sheer effort of our students and staff. Spanning a broad range of disciplines relating to design and construction, many of the projects, such as those presented above, relate to ‘live' situations and contexts within the region.

"It is vital that a school such as ours engages with its local communities and constituencies, as well as looking further afield to explore areas relating to the global nature of our contemporary professions. 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 will be open to the public from 23 June - 2 July (9am - 5pm everyday), and entry is free. For more information, visit:

Note to editors:
There will be an opportunity to photograph Nada and Rick at 4pm on Tuesday 22 June at the Scott Sutherland School on Garthdee Road. Members of the media should report to the School's main reception, where they will be met by Pauline Smith and Andrew Youngson from the Communications Office.

Pauline Smith
Communications Officer
Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389