More about Jed
What is it about NTU that made you want to study here?
“The course has a triple accreditation which definitely shows in its content, which is very focused. The campus is in a great location both physically, and in terms of future employment.”
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“I enjoy the varied content, live projects and opportunity to make good quality physical models.”
Have you been involved in any live projects or briefs?
“Within our cohort, are currently working on a live project that involves developing a multi-story refurbishment of an old hotel into the mixed-use category. We are working in small groups to produce a proposal that we will pitch to the client.”
Has the course included any speakers from industry?
“We recently had a lecture from Pat Borer, the architect for the Centre for Alternative Technologies (CAT), where we spent a week’s trip learning about sustainable design and environmental issues within NTU. It was very interesting to listen to his principles in sustainable design, and the construction of the CAT site.”
What do you think about the course staff?
“The staff at NTU give good feedback on work and projects, ensuring you always know what parts of your work are strong, and which are weak. There is always someone to speak to if you have a problem. The lecturers keep the course interesting to capture and maintain your attention.”
How do you find the facilities on offer at NTU?
“I am still really impressed with the facilities for architectural technology students. We have multiple laser cutters and 3D printers, testing facilities and every tool you could ever need. There are also specialist engineers in a range of materials who are happy to help with any crazy idea you have.”
Have you completed any work placements?
“Before studying at NTU, I managed the construction site of a car showroom in Burton-on-Trent. I gained valuable experience in the construction process that can be applied to designing buildings and the construction methods associated with them.”
Can you tell us more about your exchange to Denmark?
“I did a six-month exchange to KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, studying Construction Design in Architecture. My course at KEA provided a different learning environment that encouraged independent learning. It covered a wide range of aspects involved in the construction process and focused on REVIT software.
“The social life at KEA is amazing. We were with a wide range of interesting people on exchange from all over the world, mixed with a group of Danish students. All the exchange students are put together in flats of three to four people from different countries. My roommates were Dutch, Finnish, and Polish. There was always something happening and a great atmosphere everywhere.”
Can you tell us about the type of support you got from both NTU and KEA?
“My classmate and I who went were given guaranteed student accommodation at KEA, and we had grants from both NTU and the Erasmus+ grant scheme. I already had an accommodation contract before applying to go on exchange, but was lucky enough to find someone on exchange at NTU who was happy to take on my contract for the duration of my stay abroad.”
What was the highlight of your time abroad?
“For me, the highlight of my exchange was the people I met, the amazing friends I made, and the freedom of exploring and living in a completely different environment.
“Being on exchange taught me to live on a budget and still enjoy myself. I regularly recommend going on exchange to anyone, as there is so much life experience you gain both academically and personally.”