Broch architecture student picks up university award

Neil receiving his prize from the Dean of the Faculty of Design and Technology at RGU, Professor John Watson.
Neil receiving his prize from the Dean of the Faculty of Design and Technology at RGU, Professor John Watson.

A Fraserburgh architecture student has scooped a university prize for his outstanding academic performance during his second year of study.

Neil Mair, 19, who is studying at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, was presented with the prize for Best Stage 2 Architecture student at a special ceremony on October 8.

The former Fraserburgh Academy pupil said: “It’s really great to be recognised for all the hard, hard work that has been put in over my second year.

“The course has been very challenging at times but at the end when you look back it can be rewarding. It is very easy to see how it becomes more challenging as we step up each year - things which seemed difficult and challenging in first year seem so simple now, showing how far I have come in a few years.”

Neil says his interest in the subject stretches back to a young age. Among the highlights from his first couple of years at RGU has been the opportunity to present his work to leading architects and practitioners from around the world as part of the ‘Big Crit’.

Neil added: “It’s great to hear from leading architects and what they think about our projects done here in the school.”

“This year, I’m looking forward to becoming more familiar with the technicalities of buildings - bridging the knowledge gap so that we are designing sensible, possible schemes as opposed to maybe the more hypothetical, adventurous schemes of the previous two years. And of course, preparing to go out into practice and finding out about where I’d want to go for my placement year in stage 4.”