There have been several live projects throughout the course, which give real life experience of client relations.
More about Mark
Placement company: Foster + Partners, London
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“The practicalities of the area of study means the skills learnt are invaluable.
“All of the staff are extremely approachable and knowledgeable. There are a variety of specialities such as design and regulation compliance which ensure we have a wide spectrum of tuition.
Have you been involved in any live projects or briefs and if so can you talk a little bit about one you really enjoyed?
“There have been several live projects, which give real life experience of client relations. Most recently myself and few other fellow students took part in a voluntary project for Emmanuel House – A homeless shelter within the city. It was very rewarding and I particularly enjoyed the public engagement on the project and how they added areas they particularly wanted to improve.
Has your course included any trips?
We recently came back from Copenhagen, Denmark. We cycled around the city and were able to explore the city’s unique architecture and culture. Other trips included a week-long visit to Wales to the Centre for Alternative Technologies (CAT) Where we learnt about sustainable technologies that we could use in our projects.
How did you spend your placement year?
“I worked for Foster + Partners in London as a BIM Coordinator. The most enjoyable aspects of the job were learning the process behind BIM and where it is going within the industry. It also made me realise that architectural technology is a very versatile course and can be used in many different ways.
“My computer skills improved within Revit (design software) as well as being taught other software such as Navisworks and Dynamo. Additionally I learnt about the whole design process and what in reality that entails. BIM is a fast growing sector within the industry and by enhancing and honing my skills on placement ensures that they are industry focused and aren’t just for academia.
What advice would you give to prospective students of architectural technology?
“Don’t be put off thinking you need to have done something construction related previously. I had a passion for construction (which is important) but my school did not offer any relatable subjects. I studied Photography, Drama and Business Studies. Although not perhaps relevant they all had transferable skills which I use all the time on the course.”