Robert Wightman, Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, won the RIAS Andy MacMillan Drawing Award 2017 and received a commendation for the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for Best 5th Year Student for his project Eidsvåg Fish Farm and Visitor Centre, Norway.
How do you feel about winning the award?
Robert Wightman: Ecstatic – absolutely ecstatic. The Andy MacMillan Award has a special place in my heart as my dissertation was on Gilliespie Kidd & Coia so it has come full circle in a way. I was also (given a) commendation in the Rowand Anderson Award – so very happy on both levels!
What are your plans for the future?
I’m looking to go into practice but I’m open to all options. As it’s been full on for the past couple of years I’d quite like to take my last student summer for a bit of down time and just go and visit friends that I haven’t seen for a while. Apart from that I’m really excited about finding interesting opportunities and experiences no matter where they are. The overall plan is always to come back to Scotland if I leave.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about studying architecture?
One thing that I did when I was in my last year at high school was during my Easter holidays I had a couple of weeks in an architect’s office. Anybody who is considering studying architecture to just go and say you’ll come into the office and scope out whether you really want to do it. You’ll get the business side of architecture but they can also be set you some fun tasks which will open your mind. School doesn’t prepare you for an architecture education – that’s my experience anyway so I would say if you’ve got an inkling that you would like to study to be an architect go and test it.