The course underlines the fundamentals of design but also challenges you to push past these to constantly think outside the box.
More about Luke
Luke spent his placement year as a Junior Designer at Building Design Partnership (BDP), who sponsored him through his final year at NTU. On graduating Luke returned to BDP where he works now.
“The course gives you the opportunity to think and act creatively. The course underlines the fundamentals of design but also challenges you to push past these to constantly think outside the box. Having the opportunity to merge conceptual ideas in our Design Studio module, backed up with the detailing knowledge in our Technical Studies module helps broaden your understanding within design.
“The studio itself is an amazing environment to work in, you can constantly interact with other students, share ideas and learn from each other. The combination of creativity and practicality within the course makes each aspect enjoyable, but also sets you up for gaining the relevant knowledge and skills for a graduate job after university.
What do you think about the course staff?
“The reputation of the course at NTU is highly commended within the design industry. Employees often headhunt prospective graduates specifically from NTU. This reputation is built up by the students, but done so through the help and support of the staff at NTU. The tutors on every module take extra consideration into developing the knowledge of each student on the course.
“In addition to this, having tutors who currently work within the design industry is so valuable when developing our industry knowledge as students. Ellen Thorogood (Course Leader) in particular, gets involved in every aspect of the course, constantly addressing any of our concerns and resolving them in the best way she can.
How did you spend your placement year?
“I was employed at BDP as a Junior Designer for 12 months. Throughout my year I worked within a range of sectors, alongside many disciplines, on major projects both in the UK and worldwide. I started out on a major bid, helping to design the atrium space at UCLH (University College London Hospital).
I later moved onto Dublin Children’s Hospital, designing various aspects, from a lecture theatre to the main entrance atrium. After being trained in Revit Architecture (BIM), I moved onto help design the new offices for PwC, Manchester. I was involved in every stage of the project, from the initial design phase to producing the final detailed drawings for tender.
What skills have you developed during your placement?
“The skills I have learnt throughout my placement are invaluable. I was constantly treated like a full-time employee rather than a student. I learnt so much working alongside such knowledgeable people within the industry and I feel this has developed my skills as a designer. BDP believe in young talent and are always looking to help develop placement students and graduates alike. I was lucky enough to be offered a scholarship scheme for my final year at university and a full-time graduate position, I’m excited to get back working with BDP!”