Aberdeen student given top accolade after designing building

Amy Aquilina with her building design.

A student has been awarded a top prize for re-imagining Robert Gordon University’s art school building as part of an architecture project.

Amy Aquilina was awarded the Rob Hunter Prize by the university’s Scott Sutherland School for Architecture and Built Environment after presenting her plans for the refurbishment and reorganisation of the art school building.

Stage three architecture students were set a brief to redesign the building to house exhibition spaces, offices, catering facilities and provide the headquarters of the Centre for Northern Culture and Design, as well as accommodation for guests.

Amy’s design incorporated both the history of the Gray’s School of Art building and a more contemporary design.

She said: “I felt that keeping the aesthetic of the facade was an important factor in retaining the memory of Gray’s.

“When they called my name it took me a minute for that to register, I’ve never won an award before so it was definitely a memorable and exciting moment where I felt all the hard work last semester really paid off, and I was (and am) really grateful to be part of RGU.”