I am a recent master’s in architecture student graduating from Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen. I have a keen interest in art and design which inspired me to go to university to study architecture. I am ambitious and very self-motivated with an interest in expanding my knowledge wherever possible. While gaining my degree I have become an enthusiastic individual focused on becoming a professional within this industry.

 

I have a strong interest in sustainable design and the fusion of recycled materials to create successful and influential architecture. I have a desire to investigate the use of modern construction techniques, discovering how they can be applied to advance a project. I am particularly interested in visualisations and digital modelling, both skilled areas I am keen to develop further as my career progresses to create impressive designs.

What inspired you to create your proposal?

My bridge design in Stromness plays a fundamental role in connecting the two sides of our group masterplan. I was inspired to take on this project as I felt it would test my ability and challenge my technical knowledge.

My main creative influence for this design comes from The Icefjord Centre, Greenland which is designed by Dorte Mandrup. The building has been created to successfully fit in with the surrounding landscape and the use of materials and complex building form was of particular interest to me. I was keen to reflect a similar architectural style in my proposal.


 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I have an interest in sustainable design and the involvement of recycled materials to create successful and influential architecture. I am fascinated by the way humans interact and move around buildings and the ways in which modern construction techniques can be applied to advance a project. Hopefully in the future I will have the opportunity to explore these areas further. Realistic visualisations and digital modelling are areas I am specifically interested in and would like to further develop these skills as my career progresses. I also hope to get the chance to travel to experience architecture around the world and work in different cultures and environments ultimately expanding my architectural knowledge and experience, while also having completed my part 3.

 

Why did you choose to study architecture?

Who inspired you to become an architect?

My Grandfather was an architect and I grew up surrounded in that creative environment. I was always intrigued by his plans and designs and expressed an interest in the work he produced. I choose to study architecture as I wanted to develop my creative skills and create projects that could incorporate my designs and take my interests further.


 

What was the most challenging part of you project?

The most challenging part of my project was designing the structural elements of the bridge. I had to ensure that the construction methods and materials would withstands the proposed loads and natural elements. Through various research, calculations and 3D simulations I was able to test the structure and estimate the outcome, resulting in the weight of the loads being spread evenly across the sub structure and super structure of the design.

Meghan Rasmussen

Unit Two

2020

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What inspired you to create your proposal?

Although my proposal was driven by a personal interest in, and experience of, craft beer and brewing, a visit to Swannay Brewery in the summer of 2019 confirmed my decision to design an experiential brewery within the context of Stromness.

Only after visiting their expanding facility, meeting with their founder Rob Hill, did I truly get excited about developing my proposal and exploring the design possibilities.

 

 

What was the most challenging part of your project?

The technical design of my project was the most challenging as it required in-depth understanding of the brewing process and subsequent logistics to ensure the proposal was fully developed inline with the facility’s specific requirements.

Although it was more challenging, the exploration of the Brewery’s technical design was the most rewarding aspect of the project. By developing a comprehensive understanding of brewery operation, the fundamentals of each step in its process, and the conditions under which each takes place, I was able to develop a design which minimised the energy consumption of the facility significantly.

 

The research undertaken and the principles employed within the project have subsequently presented a research opportunity within the university to work alongside local breweries to put the principals into practice. An extremely rewarding outcome to come from a challenging investigation.

 

 

What is your best memory of the M.Arch course?

Undoubtedly, being part of the Fifty-Seven Ten Architecture Society committee (2018/19).

 

We were fortunate enough to welcome an incredible group of architects and artists to the Scott Sutherland School to deliver talks on their work as part of our thirty-year anniversary lecture series.

 

It was incredibly rewarding being part of such a hard working team which put together an impressive run of events. It was a privilege to meet and learn from an extensive range of visiting professionals.

Karla Duncan

Unit Two

2020

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I am a recent master’s in architecture student graduating from Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen. I have a keen interest in art and design which inspired me to go to university to study architecture. I am ambitious and very self-motivated with an interest in expanding my knowledge wherever possible. While gaining my degree I have become an enthusiastic individual focused on becoming a professional within this industry.

 

I have a strong interest in sustainable design and the fusion of recycled materials to create successful and influential architecture. I have a desire to investigate the use of modern construction techniques, discovering how they can be applied to advance a project. I am particularly interested in visualisations and digital modelling, both skilled areas I am keen to develop further as my career progresses to create impressive designs.

What inspired you to create your proposal?

My bridge design in Stromness plays a fundamental role in connecting the two sides of our group masterplan. I was inspired to take on this project as I felt it would test my ability and challenge my technical knowledge.

My main creative influence for this design comes from The Icefjord Centre, Greenland which is designed by Dorte Mandrup. The building has been created to successfully fit in with the surrounding landscape and the use of materials and complex building form was of particular interest to me. I was keen to reflect a similar architectural style in my proposal.


 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I have an interest in sustainable design and the involvement of recycled materials to create successful and influential architecture. I am fascinated by the way humans interact and move around buildings and the ways in which modern construction techniques can be applied to advance a project. Hopefully in the future I will have the opportunity to explore these areas further. Realistic visualisations and digital modelling are areas I am specifically interested in and would like to further develop these skills as my career progresses. I also hope to get the chance to travel to experience architecture around the world and work in different cultures and environments ultimately expanding my architectural knowledge and experience, while also having completed my part 3.

 

Why did you choose to study architecture?

Who inspired you to become an architect?

My Grandfather was an architect and I grew up surrounded in that creative environment. I was always intrigued by his plans and designs and expressed an interest in the work he produced. I choose to study architecture as I wanted to develop my creative skills and create projects that could incorporate my designs and take my interests further.


 

What was the most challenging part of you project?

The most challenging part of my project was designing the structural elements of the bridge. I had to ensure that the construction methods and materials would withstands the proposed loads and natural elements. Through various research, calculations and 3D simulations I was able to test the structure and estimate the outcome, resulting in the weight of the loads being spread evenly across the sub structure and super structure of the design.

Meghan Rasmussen

Unit Two

2020

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