Jim Harrison | Nottingham Trent University
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Jim Harrison, MArch Architecture


United Kingdom
I studied at NTU for my undergraduate degree and had a relationship with tutors who I felt could enhance my knowledge further, while allowing me to explore my own design language.

More about Jim

What are your motivations for studying a postgraduate degree?

The architecture industry requires accreditation from the RIBA, and part of this is a postgraduate degree. NTU offer this accreditation and I heard good things from friends studying the course.

Why did you choose NTU and your course?

I studied at NTU for my undergraduate degree and had a relationship with tutors who I felt could enhance my knowledge further, while allowing me to explore my own design language. Architecture at NTU has a framework which encourages freedom in design but is also highly curated to make sure the work produced is of our best ability.

Tell us about your experiences before studying at NTU.

I studied Architecture at NTU for my undergraduate degree graduating in 2016. I went on to work as an architectural assistant for both a small local practice, and then a large global firm.

What recent projects have you worked on?

Our first design studio project was based around the Great fire of London and how Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to build over 50 churches in the city of London. As a group we analysed these churches with detailed drawings and observations. The project allowed for historical research as well as design development.

Name one thing that has surprised you about NTU?

I am one to jump around when I’m working. I work best in different places for different projects. NTU has a lot of areas dedicated to study but also many social spaces which can be used to study. The library, studio, the SU and the new Goldsmith café are all great places to work.

What do you think about the course staff, including lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff? How do they support your learning experience?

The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful and inspire us to achieve the best work we can. They are also very accepting of our thoughts towards the course and adapt when we feel something could be improved. There is a high level of student involvement when it comes to the learning experience. Our feedback is important to the staff which I feel is a vital part of higher education.

What do you think makes NTU a top university?

The encouragement to make sure students hit their aims. NTU is very motivated in making you more employable with many opportunities arising throughout the years.

How do you think NTU has changed you (or how you hope it will)?

I have met so many people over the years I have studied at NTU and have gained a lot both academically and socially. I have had more opportunities because of NTU.

What advantages do you think having a postgraduate qualification will give you with regards to employment after graduation?

With my postgraduate degree, I will be able to apply for the next level of my career path. Without this degree I could not further my career in the direction I want. The skills I have learned go past the architecture work. A postgraduate degree comes with a lot of organisation and professionalism.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying to NTU?

I would tell them to visit the University and talk to the students and staff. A simple chat with a group of students will encourage you to sign up!

How would you promote your course to potential students in 10 words or fewer?

The freedom of design within a highly curated inspiring atmosphere.

What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?

Lively, Inspiring, Social

Where would you recommend visiting in Nottingham?

The independent cafés and restaurants are very good in Nottingham if you know where to look!

What’s next for you after NTU?

I aim to be working as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant for a practice in London.

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