For as long as Dylan Findlay can remember, architecture has always been on the table.
The Master of Architecture student was first awarded a Carey Lyon Scholarship in 2015 while completing his undergraduate studies. Dylan now works for Carey Lyon’s award-winning architectural practice, Lyons, which is responsible for the soon-to-be-completed New Academic Street on the Melbourne City campus.
“I grew up surrounded by family friends that were architects. And I got taken into their offices, and saw the big drafting tables. That is really what captured my imagination.
“I’m from Queensland, but I got convinced by someone to apply for RMIT, because they’d heard that it was really good for architecture.
“The first year of uni, I was eating baked beans three times a week – just cheap and easy kind of feeds. Then when the scholarship came it paid for better living, spending more time at university – not having to worry about my finances all the time. I could really just focus on what needed to be done.
“It also allowed me to take some studios that I could not have otherwise afforded. I ended up taking one at the start of last year which involved a field trip to rural New South Wales, if I didn’t have the scholarship I would not have been able to pay for the excess course fees. And that is one of the best studios I have taken. And on top of that, I am also planning a semester on exchange and the scholarship is a cornerstone to that adventure.
“The scholarship opens up so many opportunities I wouldn’t have even looked at.
“The money is one thing, but the currency of those experiences that have been awarded is something that you can’t really put a price tag on because that has really contributed to so much of who I am now and what I’m interested in.”