Industry prize for high-flying Inverness graduate

An Inverness man has been awarded a prestigious industry accolade thanks to a high-flying academic performance in his final year at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Graeme Hogg (23), from Kimmylies, was presented with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) Award at a special ceremony last week, after achieving straight As throughout his final year.

Graeme graduated from RGU’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment this summer with a first class honours degree in Architectural Technology and has since secured a job with Halliday Fraser and Munro as a Trainee Technologist.

The former Charleston Academy pupil, who initially started work on construction sites fitting bathrooms and kitchens before deciding to do a degree, said that his practical experience went a long way towards helping his studies.

“My construction background helped me to standout over the course of my degree, as the knowledge gained onsite was easily portrayed in my detailed sketches and designs,” Graeme explained. “I would recommend anybody starting out on an Architectural degree to seek a part-time job labouring on site, as this will turn their 2D drafts into reality.”

He added: “Doing an honours degree isn’t for the faint hearted - by the time you get to 4th year, seven days a week in university will be a common thing.  But if you manage to succeed, rewards come in thick and fast and employment opportunities are endless.”

Architectural Technology course leader, Jonathan Scott, said: "Graeme has excelled in his final year, achieving excellence throughout the year in all modules he sat. His motivation and engagement in the main module exhibited insightful and thoughtful expression of technical design and holistic function.”

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology