Raniya Ali
A site visit to a theme park we worked on in Dubai was the highlight of my placement as I was exposed to large projects amplified by the complexity of the brief, so was incredibly insightful to see how this was executed.

More about Raniya

What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?

“I particularly like the size of the course as it encourages a more intimate learning space and promotes team building skills and collaboration with your peers.”

What do you think about the course staff?

“They are the most influential and prodigious lecturers and tutors one could ask for. They are extremely passionate about the course and offer many one-to-one feedback opportunities. From guiding us through our projects to having a good laugh, this has massively and positively impacted my university experience.”

Have you been involved in any live projects or briefs on your course?

“The Gedling Country Park project we undertook in Year Two was a fantastic opportunity to display our vision for the Gedling Borough. We worked closely with the client to deliver an informative visitors centre that focused on the natural environment. The whole experience was very insightful.”

Has the course included any trips?

“Our class trip to Wales where we visited the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) was very useful. Learning about alternative technologies and taking a practical approach to seeing how they work was beneficial as we were able to see how they could be incorporated into our end of year projects.”

What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering applying for your course?

“Travel, read, and indulge. Architectural technology will be the greatest love and challenge in your life. It is an absolutely captivating course packed with an abundance of attainable skills.”

Could you please explain more about your work placement, and what you did during this time?

“I worked on numerous high-end commercial and residential projects in Dubai, as well as site trips and client-based meetings. I generally produced drawings, conducted presentations, and did some light modelling tasks.”

What was the most interesting aspect of this placement and why?

“A site visit to a theme park we worked on in Dubai was the highlight of my placement as I was exposed to large projects amplified by the complexity of the brief, so was incredibly insightful to see how this was executed.”

What skills have you gained by completing this placement?

“Definitely the ability to analyse and critically assess problems by giving attention to the smallest detail, and further enhancing my knowledge with computer-aided design software and Revit.”

How will these skills enhance your employability for your chosen career?

“Being proficient with software will definitely be an advantage as programmes such as Revit allow a more effective and efficient means of producing drawings and models, thus appealing to employers.”

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