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2nd year Architecture student telling us how it is!

30/06/2017

Having grown up in East London, I was surrounded by buildings steeped in history. I would take notice of the old doorways, the brickwork and would try to guess what the building was created originally as… a municipal department office after it has been refurbished as supermarket or pawnbrokers. 

Although I had these interests in history and architecture, there wasn't anything to support or cultivate them any further. No one was telling me to become an architect at my comprehensive school. It wasn't until years later my interest in architecture was cemented during a trip to  Dhaka, Bangladesh as part the East Active Citizens programme with the British Council. We visited Jatiya Sangsad, the Bangladeshi Houses of Parliament by the architect Louis Kahn. Louis Kahn designed the building complex to reflect the culture and heritage, with a lake surrounding the main parliament building, it really made an impression on me.

I then applied to study architecture at the CASS in Aldgate and started the RIBA Part I. Architecture is important to me because it can be used as a tool to juxtapose heritage and design but also create social change - one global problem is housing and urban density, this an area that I'm excited about because architecture can be instrumental in changing this. Studying at the CASS, my day to day routine would be usually working on the design brief and attending lectures. What I find most exciting is modelmaking, I understand the design process better by creating a series of models. The most challenging part is the technology module which focuses on structural design and construction of building elements (I find this difficult to grasp to be frank!) For anyone who wants to study architecture, I would say it’s an interesting course and you can draw a lot from it, at least you’ll learn to understand the built environment and at most you’ll be a chartered architect. It’s a great path to pursue either way!

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