Design students benefit from industry insight ahead of showcase

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Michael McGuire, NCL Lecturer, Diane Ramage, BIM Manager at Keppie Design and Richard MacDonald, Director of Keppie Design

Computer Aided Architectural Design Technology (CAADT) students have been given unique insight into their chosen industry in anticipation of their end of year showcase.

Ashley Mitchell, Architect and Diane Ramage, BIM Manager from leading design practice, Keppie Design, recently visited HNC and HND students to talk about their latest project developing Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, Orkney.

The students were given insight into the conceptual design process – which was initially modelled with plasticine before being brought to life using state of the art technology CAD technology. One student commented it was like the Architects’ Journal has come to life in the classroom.

They then discussed the design process with students, giving them the chance to showcase their own learnings from the course and delve deeper into what a live design project involves.

Michael McGuire, CADDT lecturer and organiser of the visit, said: “Having Ashley and Diane in to speak to the students was extremely engaging and very informative – proven by the 22 pairs of eyes seldom blinking, taking it all in.

“The students then had the chance to discuss the project and latest developments in the industry and I was extremely proud to hear them confidently displaying their high level of knowledge and skill – this gave them confidence that they are in part ready for industry. However they know that their learning must continue, which this visit really inspired.

“The visit also helped the students realise the detail required to work on a real project which thankfully inspired them rather than scared them off!

“These types of talks are an absolute must for students to realise what it takes to get into industry and to show them what their life could be like with hard work and determination.

“Thanks to Ashley, Diane and all at Keppie for their continued support of our department over the years. They contribute to us producing some of the finest CAADT students in Scotland.”

The visit took place in the lead up to the New College Lanarkshire end of year Creative Showcase, which gives the students the opportunity to display and present their best projects from the year.

Keppie Design are sponsoring the CAADT Student of the Year, which will be presented at the Showcase by Richard MacDonald, Director of Keppie Design and Diane Ramage. The winner will receive a three month paid internship with them over the Summer.

The Creative Showcase is open to the public and will take place at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell Campus on Thursday 23 May from 6-8.30pm.

For more information about New College Lanarkshire’s range of Computer Aided Design courses, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/cad

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