Student Craig lays the foundations with prize

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An Arbroath student who has gone from laying bricks to designing buildings has been just been presented with a prestigious academic award.

Craig Dickinson (26), currently in his third year at Robert Gordon University studying Architectural Technology, was presented with the prize for Most Promising Built Environment Student at Stage 2 at a special ceremony last Wednesday.

He started out as an apprentice bricklayer before going to study at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at RGU’s Garthdee campus in Aberdeen.

Craig explained: “I undertook an apprenticeship in bricklaying when I was 17, and then having served my time after four years of college and on-site experience, I worked self-employed for three years.

“During these three years I continued my studies at Angus College, completing a HNC in Construction Practice.”

He continued: “Over the course of the first two years I have extremely enjoyed learning new skills and about various pieces of software which are used throughout the industry.

“In the near future my goal is to attain a working placement that I hope will further my knowledge and skills as an architectural technologist; projecting me forward into fourth year where I hope to gain my honours degree.”

Architectural Technology course leader, Jonathan Scott, added: “Craig is a mature student and a good problem solver who likes to tackle complex design and resolve detailed material issues.”