2013-2014 Dundee University: Masters of Architecture: Distinction (RIBA Part II)
2008-2013 Dundee University: Bachelors of Architecture: 1st Class Hons (RIBA Part I)
2011-2012 Stage One - Professional Experience (year out)
2001-2008 Thirsk School and Sixth Form Collage, Thirsk,North Yorkshire
Feb - Aug 2012 [AY}Architecture, Paris
Sept - Feb 2011/12 Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer, Amsterdam
2010-20ll Rural Arts, North Yorkshire
Summers 2008-2011 J.B. Hall and Sons, Pilmoor, North Yorkshire
2007-2008 Crown and Anchor, Sowerby, North Yorkshire
July 2005 KMA, York
2005-2008 Oswalds Restaurant with Rooms, Sowerby, North Yorkshire
Highly Literate in both PC and Macintosh platforms
AutoCAD (6 years)
Rhino3D with V-ray (Very Skilled)
AutodeskMAYA (Proficient at polygonal and NURBS modelling, no scripting as yet)
SketchUp (including V-ray rendering package) (4 years)
Photoshop (Very Skilled)
After Effects (Good)
Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, JQUERY scripting (Skilled Amature)
Microsoft Suite (Very Skilled)
Jorge Ayala, Director [AY]A Studio
Floris Hund, Architect - Director
Neil Verow, Year 4 Leader, Architecture and Regeneration Masters Unit,Learning & Teaching Co-ordinator, Architecture
Angela Hall, Director Rural Arts
Richard Hall, Partner J.B. Hall and Sons
Having completed a Masters of Architecture at Dundee University in May this year I am now seeking employment with an architectural practice. I am looking for a challenging and creative environment within which I may further my experience and education. I am fully dedicated to architecture as a discipline; reflected by my achievement of both a 1st class honours degree and a distinction at masters' level winning a prize in each. I am hard working, both independently and in a team. I am a problem solver by nature, I believe in working towards the resolution of any issue and asking for help when needed.
After third year I spent six months in Amsterdam and six in Paris. In Amsterdam I worked for Marlies Rohmer where very high standards dramatically advanced my drafting skills and taught me strict methodical working practices. In Paris I worked for Jorge Ayala at [AY]Architecture, a small and personal office and in a very collaborative environment. Paris was particularly challenging, collaborating on an eclectic range of projects including the materials and formal research that lead to an exhibition in the FRAC (Orleans). The atmosphere of design led research, critical assessment and evaluation has had a great influence on my subsequent studies.
In my later years of study I have grown to better understand the relationship between research and design. In my fourth year, research into structural tessellation drove the design of a Mosque for Aberdeen. This was a systematic investigation into structural types that would reference the Eastern heritage within a contemporary Scottish context. For this I was awarded the prize for Student of Outstanding Ability.
Structural and constructional research continued from fourth into fifth year as I developed an attitude towards building within the ancient context of Dunfermline Abbey. This research became integrated within a theoretical context and explored spatially. For this I was awarded the prize for Best Representation of Architectural Space.
My thesis work as part of the Architecture and Regeneration unit has reinforced my conviction that the historical context is one of the most significant parameters within which we design. This context is a rich fabric of symbols, emotions, conjecture and distortion. I believe that through an understanding and interpretation of this context strong meaningful architecture will arise.
I believe in maintaining a healthy proximity from the screen. An emphasis on hand drawing and physical modelling are my tools for avoiding complacency.
I enjoy drawing, especially by hand. By hand one may construct a drawing and imbue it with emotion. Whether a small sketch a working detail or a large measured drawing there can be no rival for subtlety and emotive potential. Drawing by hand is a contemplative act which encourages critical self-assessment, which I believe to be one of the cornerstones of thoroughly considered architecture.