More about Luke
Placement company: Building Design Partnership (BDP)
Why did you choose your course at NTU?
“The sandwich year placement opportunity is totally invaluable. NTU has created excellent links to some of the top design practices in our field. When I was applying for courses I was attracted to the high employability rate. This has most definitely come from the skills and knowledge gained from the combination of university teaching and the placement year.
“It is an excellent course with really exciting projects all lead by a strong variation in teaching methods. I had previously left a similar course at a different institution for NTU and since then I’ve been constantly engaged and excited with what the course at NTU had to offer.
What do you think about your course staff?
“The course has a diverse staff network that has worked around the world and in various design industries, which translates directly into the course content. As students, we’re offered critical and highly informative opinions on design from them all, that help further our learning.
Could you explain more about your placement year?
“I thoroughly enjoyed my placement experience. Since the day I started at BDP I always felt like an integral member of the team and not just a student on placement. I’ve been given my own projects to work on, presented my own design ideas to clients and worked closely with suppliers from across the globe.
What was the most interesting aspect of this placement?
“The company is particularly great because it is a multi-disciplinary practice. I have had the ability to work with a variation of people including architects, lighting designers and engineers. I’m continually learning new things each day and the company have gave me excellent opportunities to further my learning. The design team specifically consists of a variation of old and young designers who each offer a different perspective towards design, which has helped create a great working environment to learn in.
What are the main skills you’ve gained during this year?
“I have greatly developed my commercial awareness skills, understanding how to apply knowledge from university into the industry. As well as improving my team-working skills I have expanded on self-management and personal effectiveness, learning how to work to high pressure deadlines and managing my workload within a variation of projects that all run simultaneously. Additionally to this I have completed a fully accredited software course in Revit 2016.”