Student Awards Reflections: Carefully curate your submissions – Daniel Cardno, winner in 2016

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In the lead up to The A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2017 we got in touch with previous years’ winners to see what they were up to now, and what difference winning the award had made to their architectural career to date.

In 2016 Daniel Cardno, a student at Robert Gordon University, Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, took home the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best 5th year student, for his project the Marine Research Centre, Eidsvåg, Norway.

Where are you now and what are you currently working on?

Daniel Cardno: I am currently working in Edinburgh at Reiach and Hall Architects. I have been working closely with directors on early stage design work. As the projects advance I hope to become more involved with the technical aspects.

How did you feel about winning a student award for architecture, and can you describe the winning project? 

I was delighted to have won such a prestigious award. Receiving recognition for your hard work is always great. My project is located in a proposed sustainable settlement within the Eidsvåg bay, Norway. The proposal focuses on the transition of the developed skills associated with the oil and gas industry and their contribution to creating a healthier, more sustainable economy concentrated on maritime industry and tourism. The design is an adaption of the vernacular boat shed form with ‘learning aquariums’ and temporary displays positioned in a framework of clearly articulated spaces.

What impact do you feel, winning the award has had on your career?

After leaving university the prospect of looking for a job can be very daunting. The job market for graduates is very competitive and setting yourself apart can be difficult. Winning this award definitely helped me secure a job.

Reflecting back – what advice would you give to the students entering this and coming years’ awards?

As mentioned, setting yourself apart is key. I would also encourage students to consider their work as a composition and to carefully curate their submissions.

Image: Detail from Daniel Cardno’s submission to the 2016 A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture.

The A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2017 take place on 13 July 2017 at Café Camino, Edinburgh. Find out more and book your free tickets here.

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