Published: 11/01/2018 19:00 - Updated: 11/01/2018 09:41

City designer has big hopes in the Big Apple

Written byIain Ramage


Jacob Simpson
Jacob Simpson is heading for New York to further his architectural career.

A TALENTED architectural technician is heading from Inverness to the Big Apple to further his promising career.

Jacob Simpson (23) jetted off to New York this week to join a leading US company which boasts a century-old portfolio of roles in creating some of the city’s most dramatic structures, including the United Nations headquarters and Madison Square Garden.

He has signed up for a year with the Turner Construction Company as an engineer’s assistant.

Mr Simpson, who won plaudits for his dazzling design suggestions for a new-look Inverness Museum, said he was thrilled at what lay ahead, having never visited New York.

"I aim to see and experience as much of the city as possible as well as explore other parts of the US, and to make long-lasting friendships," he said.

"My university course – architectural technology – presented me with the opportunity to go to interview for the intern."

A family move five years ago brought him to the Highlands when his father decided to return home to the region.

He graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) at Inverness College UHI and completed a spell with the Inverness firm of architects Norr at Christmas. He conjured up his radical redesign ideas for Inverness Museum as a project during his studies.

In recent months, he worked on a number of distillery commissions and several substantive fish farm designs.

Mr Simpson’s next quest is to establish professional and personal contacts in the US to improve future work opportunities there and elsewhere abroad.

His vision of Inverness Museum still has a place in the heart of the student of the year on his course.

"I’ve always found larger commercial projects more interesting," he said.

He drew inspiration from a wide range of architecture with the ambition of replacing the 1960s eyesore with something more contemporary.

"I hope the museum gets some much needed TLC and funding," said the Wigan-born technician.

His interactive 3D design images for the museum are online at

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