Student Experiences KK13

Samuel Morley

Why did you decide to study this course at Sheffield?Samuel Morley

This course is unique to Sheffield and offers a holistic approach to design. It provides the opportunity to explore both indoor and outdoor spaces through a wider array of materials.

What have you enjoyed about the course?

The course is very fast-paced and dynamic. Every day you could be doing a completely different activity, a lot of which is hands-on design. It allows you to follow your own creative instincts through any medium necessary; you could be shooting videos, doing woodcraft and pouring concrete on the same day.

What skills have you gained while studying in Sheffield?

The course has really pushed me to become a comfortable public speaker. I'm a lot more confident in my ability to communicate ideas both visually and verbally.

How do you think your degree experience will help you in your career?

From being dual qualified, I now have such a wide skill set to offer employers and most importantly it shows my ability to control and organise my workload.

How has studying at Sheffield informed the way you think about the subject?

Architecture has been taught to me as a social science - what fundamentally makes it successful is how space is occupied by people.

What career aspirations do you currently have for after you graduate?

I'm still very open minded to career routes. I think ultimately I will be going into build-to-let property investment, but I'm still building my knowledge of landscape and architectural design, perhaps even theme park design.

What advice would you give to a new Sheffield student?

Use your first year to really give everything a go. Try out the laser cutter, the 3D printer, the CAD programs. Find what works for you in a project and get involved in the world of architecture!

How should students make the most of University?

Get involved with clubs and societies outside of your course, the best way to meet people is to try new things with them.

What is your favourite thing about Sheffield?

Living at the edge of the Peak District is so fortunate. The landscape in and around the city makes the course truly engaging, and although Sheffield's architecture isn't necessarily described as 'beautiful', it is incredibly interesting.

Emma Koch

Why did you decide to study this course at Sheffield?Emma Koch

Before applying for university I was struggling to decide whether to study Architecture or Landscape Architecture - this dual course was the perfect answer!

What have you enjoyed about the course?

The diversity in both course content and styles of learning, I personally prefer the studio projects as they are most creative however the mix of lectures, field trips, group projects and design studio mean there is never a dull moment.

What skills have you gained while studying in Sheffield?

Studying the course enhanced my interest in design and taught me development and representation techniques, specifically with both drawing and computer based skills. Time management and confidence are further skills the course has enabled me to develop.

How do you think your degree experience will help you in your career?

Studying both Architecture and Landscape Architecture I feel well prepared for a career in the built environment, the integrated projects specifically help to see a scheme cohesively, rather than a building and a landscape. This will be of great help when working on real life projects.

How has studying at Sheffield informed the way you think about the subject?

Studying Architecture at Sheffield has a great balance between the arts and science with great opportunity to enhance creativity. The importance of sustainability and the social responsibility of architecture within the school encourages a well rounded approach to architectural design.

What career aspirations do you currently have for after you graduate?

I plan to work for at least a year within a mixed practice in order to gain skills within both industries before hopefully returning to Sheffield to study the masters degree.

What advice would you give to a new Sheffield student?

Enjoy every moment you can & discover Sheffield's independent businesses, venues and events!

What is your favourite thing about Sheffield?

The friendly feel and scale of the city, large enough to never get bored but small enough to feel like home.

Andrew Reynolds

Why did you decide to study this course at Sheffield?

I decided to come to Sheffield because of the dual course. I've always been interested in design and making things as well the outdoors so couldn't turn the opportunity of studying both down!

What have you enjoyed about the course?

I've really enjoyed seeing the whole picture about the world we live in - not distinguishing between architecture and landscape per se. Also just the fact that we're part of two departments is great in a social sense because you're exposed to so many more people.

What skills have you gained while studying in Sheffield?

Knowledge of the built environment and its relationship to the space between the buildings. The importance of greenery in urban environments and how to manifest these thoughts into reality.

How do you think your degree experience will help you in your career?

Massively in nearly every way. The way that cities are starting to be thought of now is far more of a landscape led approach so my knowledge of both architecture and landscape is going to be of enormous value.

This is the only RIBA/LI accredited course in the UK so when I graduate there will only be eight other people in the whole country with the same skill set as myself.

How has studying at Sheffield informed the way you think about the subject?

Sheffield is a socially orientated school so I think I've definitely been directed down the route of putting people first. Architecture and Landscape are inherently about people so it is my belief that by putting the users first we will get better design.

What career aspirations do you currently have for after you graduate?

I would like to continue into practice after I graduate. I think I would like to move more into architecture but at somewhere where both internal and external spaces are regarded with equal importance.

Ultimately I would like to open my own interdisciplinary practice.

What advice would you give to a new Sheffield student?

It's a great school and fantastic city! Sheffield's proximity to the Peak District is something truly unique and amazing. There's a great vibrancy to the city and so many fun things if you're just willing to explore and look around a bit.

How should students make the most of University?

Try and put your all into the course and social life - make the most of this brilliant city and your time at university.

Go to the weekly SUAS talks! It's always interesting/thought-provoking to hear what different practitioners are doing in the world right now.

Matthew Reece

Why did you decide to study this course at Sheffield?Matthew Reece

I narrowed down Sheffield to study Architecture because I really liked both the feeling of Sheffield as a place to study, and also the values that Sheffield seemed to work towards after visiting the school on an open day. I ultimately chose Sheffield because of the specific nature of my course, there's nowhere else I could have gone where I get the chance to study both Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

What have you enjoyed about the course?

There is so much support throughout the course at Sheffield; the dual course means there's a lot of input and tutorial time from both departments and that really pushes projects along. The projects we've worked on across the years have been really diverse which pushes everyone along to learn new things.

What skills have you gained while studying in Sheffield?

So many! The course is highly varied we're really encouraged to develop everything from hand drawing and drafting to detailed ICT work. Academic writing, graphic communication, model making, conceptual thinking, planting and material choices; all of these skills are developed in both individual and group work and the group discussion and communication becomes so important do review and develop ideas.

How do you think your degree experience will help you in your career?

Studying the dual course feels as though I'm at such an advantage over my peers, I'll have the RIBA part 1 but also have the accreditation in Landscape Architecture and know how to integrate the two disciplines as well as work between the two on an urban scale. I'm guessing employers will see this additional education as an advantage to my assets.

How has studying at Sheffield informed the way you think about the subject?

Both Architecture and Landscape Architecture are subjects that we're never properly taught about and I've come to learn how vitally important they are within society. I now approach both the subject with a critical mind, in particular to social implications of the subjects which is something that's encouraged within the school.

What career aspirations do you currently have for after you graduate?

I'm planning on moving to Australia and chancing my luck over there. I want to travel for a bit and see the country and then find my place in the city and get a job within the urban design field, it seems as though it's a growing field in the country and an area in which the course will be very useful.

What advice would you give to a new Sheffield student?

Never get used to living in Sheffield; it's always changing and there are always new things to see, keep on exploring the city and because a lot of the projects are based around the city, knowing the city inside out is both useful and a lot of fun.

What is your favourite thing about Sheffield?

Even after three years it's not the hills, but I would say my favourite thing is the views from the hills. Sheffield is brilliant from so many vantage points and not least the upper floors of the Arts Tower.

Antonia Alexandru

What have you enjoyed about the course?Antonia Alexandru

I think receiving feedback from two sets of tutors has been really valuable and the small community that the course has means everyone knows each other and are happy to help out. There's also the extra knowledge that I get from being a dual student which is, and will be, really helpful and valuable.

What skills have you gained while studying in Sheffield?

I probably could not count them all - from better communication skills, drawing, presentation skills to being able to stand up to my own work. There is a whole load of skills I have gained while being in Sheffield which I'm sure will be extremely valuable in my future career as an architect.

How do you think your degree experience will help you in your career?

Having extra skills in comparison to an architecture student is one of the things that will help me get a job a lot quicker, but also the ability to work under pressure and being able to focus on two things at once will be extremely helpful in my future career.

How has studying at Sheffield informed the way you think about the subject?

I think studying at Sheffield has taught me a great deal about the context of a project - starting from the site of a project, to its concept and key ideas, to the people you are designing for. I really enjoy that Sheffield School of Architecture is a very down-to-earth school, where there's a great focus on the social aspect of architecture and how everything relates to the real world.

What career aspirations do you currently have for after you graduate?

I'm hoping to get a job where I can practice both architecture and landscape, come back for a masters degree and then qualify as an architect.

What is your favourite thing about Sheffield?

The extensive views from the Arts Tower are probably my favourite thing about Sheffield, along with how friendly people are and they are always there to help you.

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?

Make the most out of your degree and your time in Sheffield, do the things you want to do now, don't leave them for later!

Alex Achniotis

What do you think SSoA has to offer and how was your experience here?

The SSoA offers a vast range of student-driven workshops, guest lectures from all over the world, charettes, whole school events, field trips, site visits and live projects apart from the scheduled design projects and lectures. The atmosphere in the school, not only influenced me to develop an architectural way of thinking, but also helped me form an agenda for my future aims and how to reach them.

What do think about the department facilities/ teaching / ethos etc?

The staff and tutors have a friendly and understanding attitude towards students and they aim in giving constructive feedback in reviews, which is a very positive push for each student to achieve their goals. A multinational student body gives a huge design input from different cultures and creates a very vibrant student life in the university. Furthermore, there are also lots of competitions, volunteering opportunities, hands-on workshops organised from students for students for further support in assignments and design projects. Thus gaining practical knowledge and skill - a great benefit to have when working in practice in the future.

What advice would give to applicants thinking about applying?

Get prepared for the most exciting and full 3 years of your University life! Very exciting and challenging course that will help you gain high-end skills for the challenges in the architectural field of practice, possibility of accreditation from both the Landscape institute and the RIBA.

What ambitions do you have career wise / what will you have achieved through the degree programme?

My aims and ambitions for the future are to continue to gain knowledge and skills from educational studies but also from practice in both fields (Architecture and Landscape Architecture). Furthermore, I aim to form an interdisciplinary practice, which will promote the integration of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.