More about Ella
Why did you choose NTU and your course?
Nottingham Trent’s location for the studio, library and workshop is all within walking distance and is on the doorstep to the centre of the city. When I first walked into the Arkwright building and saw my architecture studio, I knew I wanted to do both my undergraduate and postgraduate here. Being located within a listed building provides inspiration for the course.
Have you been involved in any live projects of briefs on your course and if so, can you talk a bit about one you really enjoyed?
The Architecture course provides opportunities to work on live projects, but what I really enjoy within the master’s course is the opportunity to explore your own constraints to develop the type of designer you want to be through escaping the reality of architectural practice.
How would you promote NTU to potential students in 10 words or fewer?
NTU encourages: creativity, modelling, artists, designers, collaborative design, individuality
What is your favourite project that you’ve worked on during your placement and why?
My favourite project focused on a large-scale development of apartments and houses based in Leicester. This was the first project I helped with and was able to see the progression throughout the year. I helped design the house types, apartments, and the visualisation for the feasibility book. This project also allowed me opportunities to converse with the client and present my ideas through sketches and 3D printed models.
What advice would you give to an NTU student about to begin a placement?
The best advice I could give is to always remember what you would like to gain from the experience, have conversations with other teams/ team members about their experiences and challenge yourself with tasks you are not familiar/ confident with.