Bridie Heywood
The course at NTU allows you to have that creative freedom, whether you want to design on a canvas or a computer program.

More about Bridie

Graduate company: Foster + Partners

Tell us about your current role

"In my current role I am specialising in luxury interior design and have worked on many large projects, most recently the new FIFA football stadium in Qatar. I was able to design multiple areas, furniture and bespoke details, then created detailed drawing packs and a building information modelling (BIM) model for the contractor. I also had the chance to organise the materials finishes, and created multiple sample packs for the client.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

“If I was to recommend any Interior Architecture or Interior Design course it would have to be the one at NTU. I would start the course all again if I could. The course sets you up for employment with an added placement year which allowed me to get a job within a month after graduating.

“The advice I would give and have given to anyone interested in the field of architecture is not to let the physical world hold back your creativity. The course at NTU allows you to have that creative freedom, whether you want to design on a canvas or a computer program and the tutors really push you to think outside the box."

What did you enjoy most about your course at NTU?

"The projects allowed a freedom to be creative, while keeping on very much to the overall architectural theme. This allowed me to go a little wild in my final year, when we were allowed to write our own brief.

“In my final year we were briefed for a competition that the interior design company Dalziel and Pow and the John Lewis design team had demised. The brief was based on their store on Oxford Street, London where we were asked to re-design their technology department. After a presentation to a few members of the judging panel, I was one of the three people selected to go down to London where my work was on display for the prize giving.

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