The architect of his own future
Craig Rogers has drafted an educational blueprint for his future, one that will see him build on several firsts.
“Rogers is one of the first students to be enrolled in the new Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture offered at Athabasca University. He’s also the first recipient of the Ken and Janny Hutchinson Scholarship in Architecture, established at AU last year by donors wishing to invest in the future of the profession.
“It’s a big help to push my career forward,” he says. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, and it’s validation that I’m doing the right thing and that I should … continue to pursue architectural studies.”
“With two undergraduate degrees to his credit, Rogers works full-time as an intermediate technologist with a Vancouver architectural firm. He chose AU’s pioneering online program because he can’t easily attend university full-time due to career and family responsibilities.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time, and it’s validation that I’m doing the right thing and that I should … continue to pursue architectural studies.”
“The Hutchinson scholarship was established by Ralph and Janet Hutchinson in honour of Ralph’s brother, Ken, a leading Alberta architect for the past 40 years, and his wife Janny. The scholarship, which recognizes the professional and academic achievements of incoming students, is supported by an endowment that will enable AU to present $2,500 to two promising architecture students each year.
“Rogers calls his award a huge relief. “I don’t have to worry about where the tuition money will come from for my next courses,” he says.
“The Hutchinsons are very involved in the industry, and it’s fantastic that they did this. I thanked them and told them I hope to use it to help better myself and the industry. One day, I hope I can do the same thing for a new student studying courses in architecture.”