Markinch student’s design for success

Professor John Watson from Robert Gordon University presents an award to architecture student Calum Ward
Professor John Watson from Robert Gordon University presents an award to architecture student Calum Ward

A Markinch architecture student has been presented with an award for his outstanding academic performance.

Calum Ward (20) is currently studying at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and was presented with the Best Stage 2 Architecture student award at a ceremony last week.

The former Auchmuty High School pupil said: “To win an award is obviously a great feeling - knowing that your hard work and dedication to the course is being recognised by others at the end of what was a tough and tiring year.

“I have always been interested in building and construction of some kind. Even from a very young age playing with Lego I seemed to always find it rather fascinating that all the different pieces managed to come together and create a final product.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course so far and it seems to be getting more interesting now that I’m beginning to move up the years in the school.

“The main thing that I have learnt so far is that it is incredibly important to listen to and learn from your tutors, and importantly your fellow students.

“However, this must not lead your design intentions, and you must always stay true to your own beliefs, allowing these to shape the design of your projects.”

Among the highlights from his first two years, Calum cites his involvement in the ‘Big Crit’ event, which gives students the opportunity to present their work to a panel of internationally respected architects and architectural professionals.

“This was a great experience as you are describing your work to people who have never seen it before, meaning you have to explain your projects very clearly and in more detail than you would in a studio environment,” he explained.

“This year, I’m looking forward to the studio experience as I like working in an environment where everyone is going through the same thing as you are.

“Also working with different lecturers this year means that you are again learning more and more about the profession that you are so interested in.

“I will be applying to architectural practices for my placement next year which will be an exciting and rather scary realisation when it comes to it but one I am most certainly looking forward to.”