RGU architecture student wins top Scottish award

A Robert Gordon University (RGU) graduate has picked up one of the top prizes in a Scottish student architecture awards scheme.

Daniel CardnoDaniel Cardno (24), who graduated with a Masters of Architecture degree from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment earlier this month, won the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best fifth year student as part of the awards scheme, organised jointly by Architecture + Design Scotland and the RIAS.

Fellow Scott Sutherland School student Janis Vilcins was also commended for his work, in which he proposed a design for a vertical distillery on the periphery of the new Aberdeen Western Periphery Route (AQPR).

Daniel’s project mapped out ways for the Norwegian village of Eidsvåg to transition from an economy based on the oil and gas industry towards maritime industry and tourism, specifically proposing the construction of a marine research centre on the island.

The former Old Machar Academy pupil said: “The project emphasizes Norway’s relationship with water and the maritime industry. The Centre is positioned on the north side of a small island within the bay and the design is an adaption of the vernacular boat shed form found on the east coast of Norway.

“The three forms hold different functions and relate to one another on a horizontal level at the ground. This floor is open to the public as a ‘learning aquarium’ with temporary displays positioned in a framework of clearly articulated spaces with a restrained material palette.”

He added: “There was a lot of really good work exhibited at the award ceremony, so I was really surprised when I heard my name called out. It’s nice to have some recognition for my hard work.

“It’s also always good for the Scott Sutherland School to get some recognition, as I often feel it is forgotten about being the most northern architecture school in the country. There is a certain approach that we are taught within this school which revolves around creating believable buildings that respond well to their context and it is good to see that being recognised.”

Daniel, who is now looking to secure a job with an architecture practice, said: “I’ve had a small break and done some travelling but I’m really keen to get out and start working.”
The awards – now in their fourteenth year – recognise the talent of student architects across Scotland and are awarded in a number of categories. The 2016 winners will join the current Best of the Best exhibition which is touring across Scotland as part of Architecture and Design Scotland’s Say Hello to Architecture programme and the Festival of Architecture

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