Stefan graduated from the MSc in Construction Project Management in 2009, which he studied by independent distance learning. He is currently co-writing his first book on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Health and Safety.
Can you tell us about your current job?
I am a registered RIBA architect and technical author for the NBS, part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd, providing research, technical guidance and content to specification products such as NBS Create and NBS Building. As an NBS technical author I research, create and maintain master specifications covering a wide variety of topics with a particular interest in the specifications for sport. Currently, I am the communications manager for The Construction Industry Council BIM 2050 working group, representing the RIBA, APM and APS. This group strives to develop a culture which enables a digitally integrated approach to positively impact our built environment.
What was your experience of doing a postgraduate degree at Heriot-Watt University?
The programme I studied offered both theoretical and practical applications of construction project management as well as a good mix of assessment methods through both coursework and examination. Although I am not currently directly working in a project management environment, the programme has allowed me to understand, interact and engage better with other construction professionals.
Having already studied full time on campus at other universities I knew that independent distance learning would be different. I enjoyed the aspect of working on my own while also being able to make use of the University’s online facilities and university libraries closer to home through the SCONUL system. The option to undertake examinations at an approved centre closer to where I live was also an attractive option when deciding where to study at home.
Do you think your Heriot-Watt postgraduate experience gave you an edge in your chosen field and why?
My current role is to provide construction information and guidance to construction professionals therefore the programme content has given me a good understanding of construction project management. The qualification has given me a distinct advantage over other architects when applying for jobs as I can demonstrate an understanding and awareness of a range of management principles.
What advice would you give to a student considering embarking on their studies at Heriot-Watt?
Construction is a diverse and fast changing industry where no two days are the same. Having had the opportunity to have a direct influence on a number of construction projects that have an impact on everyday life is a great feeling.