Yannick Scott graduated First Class from the BA (Hons) Architecture course in 2014, when he was also nominated for the RIBA President's Medal Bronze Award 2014 and the RIBA Dissertation Medal 2014. He now works for an architectural practice in London.
What was your proudest achievement during your studies at Plymouth University?
Producing a body of work for our final exhibition, without having to do an ‘all-nighter’ in three years.
What was the most valuable thing you learned during your time here?
To maintain a positive attitude and commitment.
Tell us a bit more about the project(s) you prepared for your Arts Degree Showcase.
As a design unit, we curated and built our own exhibition to showcase the most successful pieces of our work to date. We also produced a unit book to complement the work on display, and provide a more detailed understanding into each project.
What kind of feedback did you receive and how valuable has that been in shaping your practice since?
I was fortunate to have a group of excellent tutors at Plymouth University, who offered me both constructive criticism and appraisal. This presented me with the opportunity to explore projects in greater depth and develop a broader set of skills.
When you left the University, did you have a clear vision of how you hoped your future career might pan out?
One of the great things about studying architecture is the notion of having the ‘next step’ already in place. In this case, it meant finding a placement as an architectural assistant before continuing with masters.
What are you doing now and what does that involve on a day-to-day basis?
I have undertaken two years of professional architectural practice in London. As a Part 1 architectural assistant, I have been given the opportunity to work individually as well as part of larger team. Day to day, I am tasked with producing drawings, sketches and rendered images whilst also preparing reports, participating in project meetings and visiting site.
Tell us about some of the projects you have been involved in (and any awards you have won) since leaving the University.
Working within a growing architectural firm has allowed me to work with projects ranging in scale, from smaller domestic projects to those of national importance.
How do you apply the lessons you learned here in Plymouth to your current work or study?
Honing intuition, respect, responsibility, consideration, knowingly. Trying not to take things too seriously.
What are your future plans?
I am returning to university in September to continue my architectural education at postgraduate level.
Is there one piece of advice you would give to current students as they prepare for HOT ’16, this year’s Arts Degree Show?
Take a break, I'm sure you've deserved it.