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Alex Thorne


United Kingdom
The enthusiasm shown by tutors is incredible, and their willingness to share knowledge to help us and push us to the best of our ability is appreciated.

More about Alex

What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?

“I enjoy the complex mixture of all projects and modules within the Architectural Technology course here at NTU. The course provides a variety of live projects, some of which are group, individual work based. Working on group projects has allowed me to become more engaged with students in different years on the course, as well as courses such as BArch (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design.

"All staff are a credit to NTU, especially those who teach on Architectural Technology. The enthusiasm shown by tutors is incredible, and their willingness to share all their knowledge to help us and push us to the best of our ability is appreciated. The tutors are always on-hand to take time out of their busy schedules to help and talk about your work.

Have you been involved in any live projects on your course?

“At the beginning of each year, all years on the course get together and are involved in a ‘vertical studio project’. Our second year brief was a live project, involving a refurb on The Meadows Pavilion, with the addition of a new area for the community to hold events. I enjoyed taking control on project managing the first years and was thankful with the comments I received from all of them at the end of the project.

Has your course included any trips?

“Trips on the course have included a day trip into London, a week at CAT (Centre of Alternative Technology) in Wales, and a week abroad to Copenhagen. The Wales trip was very enjoyable as it allowed for everyone to socialise and bond as a year group. The trip was structured to show us technology strategies and sustainability in practice which we have applied to our projects on our course.

How did you spend your placement year?

“I spent my year out on placement at a small practice in Hull. The most gratifying aspect of working within a smaller company was the opportunity to go on site visits to carry out building control checks and most importantly, obtaining a strong friendship with all the staff and their families. I acquired skills including computer based software’s such as AutoCAD, communication skills when speaking to clients and business partners and also planning development skills, for example surveying.

What advice would you give to prospective students looking to apply for your course?

“I would definitely advise anyone to take the sandwich placement year on this course and venture out of there comfort zone to get the best opportunity on placement year as they can. This will help towards your major study project within your final year.”

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