Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
I graduated as an Architect from the School of Architecture in A Coruña, Spain, and worked for a number of years in historic areas conservation in Galicia, my region. In 2012 I came to Brookes to study a MA on International Architectural Regeneration and Development. During my studies, I became really interested in English Vernacular architecture and the management of heritage assets in this country. That led me to enrol into the PG Dip in Historic Conservation.
What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
The structure of the postgraduate program at Brookes was the main motivation for my choice to enrol. I found that the modules provided me with a well-balanced theoretical and practical foundation covering subjects from Conservation management and Historical Studies to practical workshops focusing on materials and techniques.
What do/did you think of the course while studying here?
In relation to studying at Oxford Brookes, I feel its vibrant international focus adds greatly to the research environment. You can interact with people from all around the world who are studying a wide variety of subjects.
Of this PG dip I particularly like the-mixture of full time and part time students, with people already working in related fields, which encourages high level debates. The teaching staff are really enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable in their respective fields. Regarding the programme, the practical workshops give a nice counterbalance to the more theoretical modules, providing us with hands on experience of materials and construction techniques. Similarly, the field trips, give us the opportunity to experience on-site issues that were previously addressed in class.
What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?
Get the best out of it. Visit as many places as you can while you do your studies, read as much as you can to get into all the aspects of the culture, and of course, ask questions! Good debates are always really instructive! There is always a different point of view to consider!
What advice do you have for others?
I am looking forward to apply all the knowledge I have gained so far in a practical setting. I would like to get some experience working in a heritage related organization or a conservation practice.