Living in the City: Aberdeen architecture project launched

Architecture Living in the CityArchitecture students from Robert Gordon University's Scott Sutherland School have been challenged to create a vision of future city centre conceptual living.

Stonehouse Property, based in Bon Accord House on Riverside Drive, has joined forces with Year 2 Architecture students by setting them the task of constructing plans for hypothetical apartments to home visiting oil workers in the city's West End.

The 55 students, working in teams of three, will plan and design theoretical buildings that would look to meet the demand for high-end accommodation for workers on short-term contracts in the area.

Neil Lamb, Senior Lecturer at the School believes the project offers the students a valuable insight into working with real life companies.

"The University is delighted to be working with such a progressive company as Stonehouse Property on this innovative project," he said.

"It has real relevance to the city and for the professionals living and working here. This is the sort of live project students would encounter in their working lives after graduation.

"They are all relishing the challenge ahead and we're all looking forward to seeing their ideas and concepts take shape in the coming weeks."

The project will involve students coming up with an outline for their prospective apartment, followed by the lookout and design and lastly a final design presentation where the group with the best design will be awarded a prize in January.

Stonehouse Property managing director Ross Murray is a firm believer in nurturing creative ideas through academia deeming it highly important not just for the students but businesses as well.

"The oil and gas market forms a key strand of our core business so this project is of particular relevance to us and will allow the students to build up some practical experience of pitching an idea to real life companies," he said.

"This project will really add to the students' academic learning and is a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills and flair for architecture."  

Stonehouse Property manage 300 properties in and around the Aberdeen city centre, focusing primarily on new build, high quality property, and Neil believes this demonstrates the experience that the students can gain from a project such as this.

Neil continued: "The students really benefit from live client-led projects which add another dimension to their learning experience.

"It's great that companies like Stonehouse are willing to partner up with the University and we look forward to building on this relationship in the future." 


For more information please contact:

Sarah Grieve

Communications Officer (Faculty of Design & Technology)

Robert Gordon University



AB10 1FR

Tel: 01224 262206