Award-winning student Jordan Beattie returns to the Hamilton Architects team after completing a Masters in Architecture at Ulster University.
Jordan is already a familiar face, having spent a year at the Belfast office after winning the Hamilton Architects Young Designer of the Year Award 2017 and gaining a BA in Architecture.
His design for an outdoor activity hub – a Cheese Rolling and Treewalk leisure facility for the grounds of Narrow Water Castle Estate – impressed Partner Paul Millar and won him a cash prize and job offer.
Paul said: “We loved Jordan’s design – it was original and fun. We are looking forward to him contributing his talent for innovation and sustainability to our project portfolio.”
As part of his two-year Masters course at UU, Jordan led a studio team in creating, formulating, and presenting a final year project which comprised a plan to convert an old linen factory in the Village area of South Belfast.
“The linen factory is the last industrial building left on the site,” he said. “My scheme delivered a low cost, low carbon impact plan which would preserve the building as an urban farm, walled garden, workshop, museum, and community space.
“I am very much drawn to urban renovation – creating a new life for old buildings and forgotten spaces in a cost-effective, sustainable way that creates value for their users and the wider community. I see a lot of potential for that in Belfast.”
Having graduated top of his year, Jordan’s talent has been recognised in nominations for the President’s Silver Medal Award for both the RSUA and the RIBA. So watch this space!
He added: “I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience with Hamilton Architects and was delighted to join the team as I will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of really interesting projects. I hope to get my RIBA Part 3 professional diploma inside the next year or two.”