Studying how people interact with their environment has always fascinated me

Ruby Ukairo Shaw
Ruby Ukairo Shaw
Undergraduate student
Class of 2021
At school Ruby loved human geography and set design. She chose to study BA Landscape Architecture as a way to combine the two.
Ruby Ukairo Shaw
Ruby (left) in the Arts Tower studio

What was your favourite subject at school and why?

At school I loved drama the most because it combined not only performance work but also set design.

Why did you decide to study Landscape Architecture at Sheffield?

I chose to study Landscape Architecture because I really loved human geography and set design and was looking to find a way to combine the two.


I chose the BA route because urban planning and studying people and how they interact with their environment has always fascinated me

Ruby Ukairo Shaw

Landscape Architecture BA


In what way (if any) is your course different from what you expected?

The course has a lot more studio time than I thought, and not as many lectures.


Ruby's second year Landscape Design project saw her conducting research on instagram into the association between colour and mental health
Ruby's second year Landscape Design project saw her conducting research on instagram into the association between colour and mental health

What have you enjoyed most about your course so far?

I really love learning new programmes and skills, so that I'll be more employable when I graduate. I also loved learning about the history of gardens!

What do you hope to do with your degree in the future?

I hope to go into creative production and festival producing, using my degree to ensure its as sustainable as possible.


In her first year Presentation Communication and Research Skills module, Ruby explored creating images with SketchUp and Photoshop
In her first year Presentation Communication and Research Skills module, Ruby explored creating images with SketchUp and Photoshop

If you had to pick one stand out memory from your time in Sheffield, what would it be?

The tree social in my first year; running round dressed a Betula pendula (birch tree) will never leave my mind!

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