Graduation provides building block for career in architecture

A young student from Buckie in Moray already started work at her first role in the architecture industry, a week before she graduated.

Amy Bruce - Architectural Technology 488 x 325Amy Bruce, (21) graduated from Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment with a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology on Friday, July 14, at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.

Amy, who went to Buckie High School, decided during her time there that continuing in education was the way forward and her decision to apply to RGU was an easy one.

“Progressing into higher education was always encouraged at school and I decided it was right for me because I believed having a degree would open endless opportunities for career prospects in the future,” she said.

“It also meant I had the opportunity to move to a city to study with people who had the same interests as me.

“At school I always enjoyed graphic communication, especially the technical drawing elements. I think this was the main reason I was drawn to the course at RGU, as it wasn't solely about the design of projects, it also focused on the technical side and the detailing of how buildings would work in reality, giving me a broader range of skills and expertise.”

In her first year at university, Amy won the Simpson Shield of Technology for outstanding academic performance and this was an extra boost in confidence which lead her on the path to graduation.

“A highlight from my time at RGU was being awarded the Simpson Shield of Technology. By winning this award, it conveyed to me that I had made the right decision to come to university and study Architectural Technology, that this was the right path and that I was capable to push on and continue with the hard work over the next three years.

“It is hard to believe that four years have passed and I am soon to be an RGU graduate, and I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at university.

“Our course is rather intense, resulting in lots of late nights and weekends spent working hard. However I was very lucky to have made some lifelong friends on my course who were always there with words of encouragement when it was needed, along with my family and friends from home who always supported me.”

The future is looking bright for the young graduate, who has begun work at her new job in Huntly, working with a local architecture firm.

“I was delighted to accept my first Architectural Technologist role at John Wink Design in Huntly. To be in a job so quickly after all the hard work at university is just brilliant, and I look forward to putting all I have learned into practice in my new venture.”


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