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Architecture students to present projects to expert panel


Housing in the Cairngorms, the creation of a new city in China and the reimagining of a section of Aberdeen’s Belmont Street are among the projects that Aberdeen architecture students will present to a high profile visiting panel of experts this week.

Big Crit 2015Robert Gordon University (RGU) students from all stages of the MA Architecture course will present a range of projects to a panel of experts including distinguished architectural professionals and educators from across the UK and Europe on Friday, May 22.

This year’s list of critics includes Cecilie Andersson, Head of Bergen School of Architecture; Heinz Richardson, Jestico & Whiles Architects; Harbinder Singh Birdi, partner at Hawkins Brown; and Adam Khan, Adam Khan Architects, as well as the Scott Sutherland School’s own visiting professors and staff.

The students will deliver presentations of their work, as well as provide leaflets and three-dimensional models to explain the thought-processes behind their ideas, before receiving feedback from the panel.

Head of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, Professor David McClean, said: “The Big Crit is very much a highlight of the academic year for all of us at the School.

“It is a chance for our students to reflect on the work that they have done and consider the best ways to present and explain their ideas not only to their peers and tutors, but also in front of a panel of highly respected professionals from across Europe.”

He added: “The projects that our students have tackled this year range from briefs that take their inspiration from Aberdeen and the surrounding area, while others have explored issues in countries such as China and Norway.

“The event is open to the public and we would very much welcome anyone who is interested in finding out more to attend. The Big Crit also provides an insight into some of the work that will be on display during the School’s End of Year Show which runs from June 19 to 24.”

The Big Crit will take place on Friday, May 22 in the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, from 9.30am to 6pm.

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology