North Waikato student awarded $6000 tertiary scholarship

November 23, 2017

Huntly College student Phoebe Comins has been awarded a $6000 Sir David Johnstone Scholarship to go towards her tertiary studies. Here she is pictured with Trustee Nola Delaney and David Johnstone Chairman David Lloyd.

Travelling first sparked Phoebe Comins' interest in architecture. And now the 17-year-old Huntly College student has been awarded a $6000 Sir David Johnstone Scholarship to go towards her studying a Diploma of Architectural Tecnology at Wintec. The course will take her two years to complete and afterwards she hopes to get a job as an architectural technician.
"It's slightly under an architect, but you get to do the designs and see them come to life," Comins said. She has done a bit of travelling with her family and as a part of school, which has influenced her love for creativity and design.
At 16, she went on a school cultural tour to America. "San Francisco was just so inspiring," Comins said.
"There were a lot of old banks and a mix of traditional and modern architecture. "It definitely made me realise how much you can do with architecture and the impact it has on tourists and the people living there."
Comins has a particular appreciation for post-modernism. "It stands-out to me more than the rest. "I love the way it makes places feel."
At the beginning of the year she did six months work experience with Philip Leather Builders in Huntly. "I handled a lot of the plans and learnt how to read them.
"I learnt a lot from the architectures working with clients, how to design what the client wants, as well as what fits well with the landscape."
Comins has always had an interest in buildings but her enthusiasm really blossomed in college. She takes a graphic design class at school and last year she attended a one day a week architectural course at Wintec. One day she hopes to own her on architectural firm in the Waikato. "I'm so grateful for the scholarship. It cuts down my student loan massively and gives me a head start on my career."
Comins is one of 21 students receiving a $6000 Sir David Johnstone Scholarship this year. The presentation evening was held on Friday, November 17 at The Atrium.

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