As a 23 year-old Undergraduate Student of Architecture at The University of Edinburgh, I remain young to the vocation. However, I firmly believe that our unprecedented consumption of resources on earth is the single greatest threat to humanity. I believe that architects are extremely well placed to try to resist and offset this threat, and I am determined to contribute to this ‘resistance’. In order to achieve this, I’m convinced that a project must respond to both its environmental and cultural context. Architecture can thus become a positive force within society that may represent the past, but primarily the now and our hopes for the future. Additionally, I believe that architecture should in the same breath be obsessed with experience- which I would define as primarily influenced by light and materiality
My four years as an Undergraduate have developed a great passion for physical model making, which I see as one of the most valuable tools for learning while designing, and for representation of the project. My year-long internship at LBGO Architekten in München has greatly improved my digital model making skills as I strive to become a designer not just of plans and sections, but of three dimensional space conceived in both the physical and digital worlds.
After completing my undergraduate education in 2016, I took time to further my interests in sailing, teaching and art before now applying for a place on your Masters Programme. In August 2016 I passed the Royal Yachting Association’s ‘Day Skipper Sailing’ exam, seeking to expand my love of sailing from dinghies to yachts. I then went to work for Sail Caribbean (a sail instruction programme for children, based in the British Virgin Islands) in 2017. After being hired as a First Mate, I was promoted to Captain and given charge of two different 50 foot yachts during the course of my four months there. In the intervening period, I returned to live in München, where I spent time preparing pieces for and organising my first art exhibition- ‘From the Sea’- as well as greatly improving my German.
Today, I aspire to a Graduate education which will nurture my interests and help my thinking to mature and develop so that I can become a better designer. I aim to offer a determined mind which thrives on rationalising and solving problems; and which is hungry to learn.
2018-2020 MSc. in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences, Technische Universiteit Delft, Nederland
2017 Captain and Water sports Instructor, Sail Caribbean, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Highly Commended for Chris Murphy Memorial Award for Leadership, while at Sail Caribbean
2016 Winner of the Charles McKean Memorial Prize, awarded by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Scottish Castles Association (SCA); completed RYA Day Skipper (Sailing, Tidal)
2012-2016 1st Class MA (Hons) Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
2015 Praktikant at Leuopold Brown Goldbach Architekten, München, Deutschland
2014 Sailing Instructor, Lifeguard and Children's Counsellor at Camp Winadu, Massachusetts, USA
2013 Artist at BuyMyFace100, an alternative advertising start-up
2008-2013 Track and Field Athlete on the Highland Games Circuit, Scotland
2007-2012 Oban High School: Dux (awarded 2011 for attaining highest academic results in the school); Athletics Champion of School (2010-2012)