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Awards Q&A: Student award winners Raheela and Justina

12/04/2018 - 02:23PM

We caught up with 2017 award winners Raheela Khan-FitzGerald and Justina Jakubkaite from the The Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art who gave us the lowdown on entering the APS Student Designer awards. 


How did you find out about the APS Student Designer awards?

We found out about the APS Student Designer awards through our university, The Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art.

What made you decide to enter?

We were passionate to showcase our cutting-edge research based on safe, well-designed and sustainable self-build construction technologies to a wider audience of fellow students and professionals in the field of construction. 

What was your project about? 

Hutting in Scotland is a joint research project investigating the limits of technology for self-build off-grid hut construction in Scotland. The aim of the study was to design and showcase the integration of specified off-grid services and energy use for a hut alongside safe self-build construction methods addressing time, budget and quality.

How did it feel to be shortlisted?

Unbelievable! We would never have imagined receiving such supportive recognition at this early stage in our education and careers. The whole experience was highly motivational and eye-opening.   

What would you say to anyone considering entering?

Go for it! Design for safety in building construction and use is lacking acknowledgment in education even though it is one of the first and foremost considerations in our profession. From our own experience, we feel any student who has touched on this subject deserves their due recognition.  

Source: APS