Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
I graduated in 2005 at De Montfort University, Leicester with a BA (Hons) in Architecture studied in a part time format. Prior to this I studied at Northampton University for an HNC in Building Studies. During both courses I gained valuable experience working in practices concentrated primarily within the residential sector.
What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
I chose Brookes as a location to study for my Part 2 Diploma after recommendation by work colleagues that had previously studied at the university. I was impressed with their portfolios showing exciting projects with a professional finish. I viewed other student's work in the Architecture Yearbook (downloaded from the university website) and liked the blend of conceptual and grounded projects that could offer me an opportunity to explore alternative methods for designing the built environment which could in turn benefit my work in practice.
What do you think of the course now you're here?
As a part time student the course has provided me with a creative freedom to explore new ideas whilst balancing a more traditional approach to design within the office. The lecturers are keen for students to develop concepts and expect projects to be justified in critiques as preparation for presenting to a public audience. The course is one of the best things I have ever done and has enabled me to pursue areas of conceptual architecture that are often limited within an office environment.
What are your plans for when you've completed your course, for work or further study?
In the year between completing my Part 2 and preparing for my Part 3 I hope to further my work experience and am looking forward to completing my professional exams at Brookes. In the long term, I hope to setup my own practice and utilise the knowledge gained during my studying and work experiences.
What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?
The most enjoyable part of studying at Brookes has been mixing with other likeminded people passionate about architecture. The university offers a range of useful resources that can assist in creating a rich variety of presentation methods. I particularly enjoyed using the laser cutter in the architecture workshop to build scale models of my proposed designs.
What advice do you have for others?
The course is very demanding and requires dedication and self-motivation. Expect to loose your weekends to coursework and look forward to many late nights and early mornings! The Diploma can provide a huge sense of reward when at the end of the course you present a high quality portfolio that includes an interesting and diverse range of material for promoting to prospective employers.