Technician of the Year for Built Environment
Julian Rutzen is a technician at Queen’s University Belfast. He has been an enthusiastic technician for eight years, and attributes much of his know-how and great variety of interests to his father’s home workshop and being exposed to a vast library of craft, woodwork and engineering books.
Julian was able to build both technical and people skills as part of the facilities team in W5, the science interactive discovery centre in Belfast.
When the opportunity arose Julian was keen to join the architecture workshop-based technical post at Queen’s University Belfast. Working as a team with his colleagues and listening to the students he was able to reinvigorate the facilities making them organised and accessible within a strong safety culture. He believes that it is always possible to improve things and that even small changes can be very effective.
A student representative said: “Since his appointment as technician in the workshop we have all enjoyed working there and exploring new ways of communicating our ideas through the innovative techniques and technologies he was able to introduce us to.”
Julian has taken on the role of technical trainer and is very positive and diligent about passing on skills and information. Students have found his approach inspiring, and one postgraduate student remarked: “The training and advice provided on certain machines has improved my model making skills no end and heightened my appreciation of how things should be constructed.”
Julian comments: “It is a pleasure to work with the architecture students and staff here at Queen’s and I look forward to bringing the facilities and technical support to continually higher standards.”
Queen's University Belfast