The collaborative culture at Sheffield has helped me connect with industry

Lily Kuik
Lily Kuik
Architecture Intern, Arup Singapore
BA Architecture
2020
Lily, a BA Architecture graduate, enjoyed the collaborative and supportive environment at SSoA which resulted in her creating an award-winning design and gaining a job at Arup.
Lily Kuik

Why did you decide to study this course at Sheffield?

Sheffield provided the perfect balance of technical and artistic skillsets. It stood out to me as a school that pushed the boundaries of social architecture.

What did you enjoy about the course?

I particularly appreciated the tutors and their commitment to pushing the students potential. They understood our strengths and weaknesses, yet were able to guide us to explore our individual interests. There is also a strong emphasis on mental wellbeing within the faculty. Additionally, my tutors were incredibly encouraging in pushing us to take on new challenges outside of the curriculum. For example, Third Year Leader Simon Chadwick encouraged the entire year group to participate in the faculty wide competition to design the School of Computer Science student innovation hub. Without his encouragement, I would not have participated and won, and having the opportunity to develop my scheme as a live project at Hawkins\Brown in Manchester.

What skills have you gained while studying in Sheffield?

Through studying at Sheffield, I have become more inquisitive and searching in my process of designing a project. There is also a strong culture of research backed iterative design. This is a skill that will serve very useful in any industry, especially so in Architecture.

Did you get involved in any extra-curricular activities, societies or groups whilst you were at Sheffield? 

I served as Faculty Representative in my final year. Through this role, I was able to communicate openly with my peers and tutors to resolve issues within the year group. I have made some of my best friends throughout these three years in Sheffield and see myself being lifelong friends with them.

How has your experience helped you in your career?

The collaborative culture in Sheffield has certainly helped me in connecting with my colleagues in Arup.


Through studying at Sheffield, I have become more inquisitive and searching in my process of designing a project. There is also a strong culture of research backed iterative design. This is a skill that will serve very useful in any industry, especially so in Architecture.

Lily Kuik

BA Architecture graduate


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

Sheffield has instilled a unique perspective of compassion and participation in designing Architecture. The importance of site context and sensitivity is one that I will carry forward in my architectural journey.

What career aspirations do you currently have for the future?

Working at Arup has provided me with a platform to collaborate with professionals of a wide range of expertise and I hope to use this opportunity to gain further knowledge about urban design and masterplanning. Additionally, learning how to build resilient Smart Cities in todays unpredictable world.

What is your favourite thing about Sheffield?

Sheffield's accessibility to the Peak District is amazing for a weekend walk to decompress from University. Of course, a cheeky pint post review at Fagans is always good!

What advice would you give to a new Sheffield student?

My best advice would be that you should be open to learn themes and topics you were not previously exposed to. Engage with your peers and actively discuss views and passions. Sometimes, the best ideas come out of the pantry room over lunch!

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