Last minute decision to study architecture pays off for Bervie student

Twenty-four year-old Fiona Martin from Inverbervie.
Twenty-four year-old Fiona Martin from Inverbervie.

A last minute decision to apply for the architecture course at Robert Gordon University (RGU) has paid off for a Bervie graduate.

Fiona Martin (24), from Inverbervie, is celebrating graduating with merit after six years of study.

However, she had originally planned to do an art degree owing to her interest in design.

She decided to add the architecture course to her application at the last minute and graduated with merit from the MA Architecture course last Friday, July 18.

“It’s a decision I am very glad I made,” said the former Mackie Academy pupil.

“I cannot imagine doing anything else.”

Fiona, who has secured a job with architectural design practice Cumming and Co Aberdeen Ltd, said: “I have found my time at RGU extremely enjoyable, although perhaps not so much when I was up in the early hours of the morning doing work for our final master degree hand-ins.

“At the beginning you think six years is such a long time and that it will take forever.

‘‘However, once you get going, the time flies by.

‘‘I’ve gained a lot of enormously valuable skills through the course, not only in terms of architecture but also with organisation and dealing with people.”

Among the highlights of her time at RGU’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment are the study trips over the six years to various cities around the world, including Barcelona, Dublin and Copenhagen.

“Every year there has been an opportunity to go on a study trip to a city to experience the architecture of different cultures,” she said.

“They provided a great opportunity to socialise and form friendships and were always great fun - I have memories and experiences that will last me a lifetime.

“Now I’m just looking forward to the rest of my life – putting all the things I’ve learnt into practice. I was lucky enough to get a job very quickly and am thoroughly enjoying myself at Cumming and Co.”