School of Architecture

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    STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOL

    We welcome applicants from all countries with a wide range of international qualifications. More than 3,500 students from around 150 countries choose to make Oxford Brookes their home. Discover why and find out what it's like to be a student at Oxford Brookes.

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      Architecture

      MSc Sustainable Building

      MArchD Applied Design in Architecture

  • Architecture students in the UK

    Mike Symes

    Mike Symes, Architecture

    Since graduating, what have you done in your career?

    Although trained and fully qualified as an Architect, I have spent the majority of my career as a Design Manager, working for construction companies specialising in design and construct building projects - coordinating and managing teams of multi-disciplinary consultants. In addition, time spent with consultancy companies in South East Asia provided me with further skills in both construction management and site supervision on large-scale building projects.

    Since graduating from the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture in 1972, I have been exceptionally fortunate to have been able to travel and work in multiple countries around the world experiencing different cultures and environments.

    In 2001, I established my own design management consultancy in Australia to provide clients within both the public and private sectors with a rapid response design management service whenever required at short notice for design audits, tender evaluations, design gap analysis etc.

    How has your degree helped you in your career?

    I firmly believe that if it hadn’t been for the exceptionally high quality of training I received whilst studying architecture at the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, where we were taught to fully integrate and coordinate all decision-making processes as an integral component of our design input on “live projects” within tight time-frames, I would never have survived some of the challenges I faced later on during my career.

    I can honestly say that having tutors who were not only practical but also highly experienced with their own architectural practices proved invaluable during the whole of my training at the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture.

    What have been the challenges?

    Working overseas on mega projects where highly technical issues were compounded by both language and cultural differences proved very challenging. Having to rely upon third party interpreters to relay vital instructions was nerve-racking – the need to double and triple-check was essential to ensure proper compliance.

    Virtually every project I’ve been involved in has presented some kind of challenge during the course of its progress from start to finish – looking at them as potential opportunities rather than so-called “problems” proved beneficial.

    Working collaboratively with other professionals has been highly rewarding.

    One of the biggest challenges was being able to confidently identify and manage risks during the course of a project in order to achieve value-for-money without comprising safety or the specified quality.

    What have been the highlights of your career?

    It was both a privilege and pleasure to be part of the construction management team as one of only six Design Managers on the highly-successful World Expo 88 in Brisbane – in short, an unforgettable experience all round.

    Establishing my own design management consultancy was another major highlight.

    What advice would you have for prospective students?

    Choosing a career in Architecture will be one of the best decisions any prospective student will ever make – especially if he/she trains at the Oxford School Brookes of Architecture which has such a good reputation internationally.

    The knowledge gained at the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture will allow any prospective students to diversify into other specialised areas if they want to explore other career opportunities within the construction industry.

    One bit of advice - take advantage of everything on offer because in reality, architectural students do not really start to learn until they work on actual projects. In simple terms, don’t be afraid to test your limits and even more importantly, don’t be afraid of making some mistakes. Lastly, don’t panic - what you learnt at the Oxford School of Architecture will hold you in very good stead.

    MSc Sustainable Building students in Cyprus

    Mariam Haladjian

    Mariam Haladjian, MSc Sustainable Building: Performance and Design

    Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?

    I completed my part I, BA (Hons) Architecture, at University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Canterbury.

    What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

    I was mainly interested in the MSc course that Brookes offered. The communication with Brookes when applying was easy and straight-forward. I was impressed with the societies in Brookes as well as the library facilities; the university campus is a very modern and appealing. I am very satisfied with my choice!

    What do you think of the course while studying here?

    The MSc course being one year full time is not hard or difficult in any way; it just requires time, dedication and interest for great success. In the first semester we have been taught a lot around general sustainability and environment; detailed physics calculations and real-time post-occupancy evaluation project. The course covers the important aspects of sustainable building, the performance and design. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and my perception on different aspects has changed - in a good way.

    What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

    To have full access and use of the library and its facilities, (24 hour access for all students). The ability to work at the university whenever and whatever time. The workshop facilities are also really good and of course the course field trip.

    What advice do you have for others?

    What I would advise others is to have patience, love what you are doing, ask what you don’t comprehend and enjoy the course. Even though it is one year full-time, time passes really fats, so enjoy!

    What are your plans for when you’ve completed your course, for work or further study?

    The immediate thoughts once I have graduated are to get a job related to the course in order to gain experience in this field. I do want to continue my education further to a PhD at some point.

    MArchD Applied Design in Architecture students in Portugal/South Africa

    Tayra Natasha Pinto

    Tayra Natasha Pinto, MArchD Applied Design in Architecture

    Specialising in “Sustainable Building: Performance and Design”

    What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

    As per my specialisation mentioned above, I wanted to progress my studies in Sustainable Design and Brookes has a strong department in this area. Also, the new Abercrombie facilities offer a brilliant creative studio environment that I find enriches my time while studying here. Having several likeminded departments all in one building allow for many spaces to work in to suit everyone and provides an enjoyable interaction between disciplines.

    What do/did you think of the course while studying here?

    As I come to the end of my first year in Master’s, I think the variety of areas offered at Brookes is great. Not only are we encouraged to develop our interests further, but the opportunity of interdisciplinary work with other fields within design broaden our spectrum and result in enhanced and more in depth projects.

    What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

    It’s the combination of various things that come together and make studying at Brookes valuable. The facilities are incredible; JHB offers all sorts of study areas and has several eateries and social places. Within Architecture, we are fortunate to have our own space to work, model make, and experiment in the workshops, always assisted by incredibly helpful staff. All the staff so far have so many years of experience in their specific fields that we feel fortunate to be tutored by them.

    What advice do you have for others?

    With regards to my area, I’d always suggest prospective architecture students should, where possible, visit the facilities beforehand. You’ll be working there on a daily basis and it’s good to have an idea of the space and atmosphere.

    What are your plans for when you’ve completed your course, for work or further study?

    Once having completed my MArchD I look forward to being able to return to working in practice and applying all the knowledge acquired in my Part II course, ideally directly related to sustainable architecture.

    MArchD Applied Design in Architecture students in Portugal/South Africa

    Tayra Natasha Pinto

    Tayra Natasha Pinto, MArchD Applied Design in Architecture

    Specialising in “Sustainable Building: Performance and Design”

    What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

    As per my specialisation mentioned above, I wanted to progress my studies in Sustainable Design and Brookes has a strong department in this area. Also, the new Abercrombie facilities offer a brilliant creative studio environment that I find enriches my time while studying here. Having several likeminded departments all in one building allow for many spaces to work in to suit everyone and provides an enjoyable interaction between disciplines.

    What do/did you think of the course while studying here?

    As I come to the end of my first year in Master’s, I think the variety of areas offered at Brookes is great. Not only are we encouraged to develop our interests further, but the opportunity of interdisciplinary work with other fields within design broaden our spectrum and result in enhanced and more in depth projects.

    What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

    It’s the combination of various things that come together and make studying at Brookes valuable. The facilities are incredible; JHB offers all sorts of study areas and has several eateries and social places. Within Architecture, we are fortunate to have our own space to work, model make, and experiment in the workshops, always assisted by incredibly helpful staff. All the staff so far have so many years of experience in their specific fields that we feel fortunate to be tutored by them.

    What advice do you have for others?

    With regards to my area, I’d always suggest prospective architecture students should, where possible, visit the facilities beforehand. You’ll be working there on a daily basis and it’s good to have an idea of the space and atmosphere.

    What are your plans for when you’ve completed your course, for work or further study?

    Once having completed my MArchD I look forward to being able to return to working in practice and applying all the knowledge acquired in my Part II course, ideally directly related to sustainable architecture.

    MArchD Applied Design in Architecture students in Malaysia

    Song Pei Fen

    Song Pei Fen, MArchD Applied Design in Architecture

    I chose to pursue Architecture abroad because I want a challenge. I love exploring new places and making international connections. Oxford Brookes University offers a quality Architecture education and conducive learning environment. The proximity of Oxford to London is also a key factor.

    Initially, I was surprised by the way the education system works here – students are given a high level of control and self-direction to manage their work. With the support of my tutors and seniors, I adapted to my life here and have become an independent and responsible student. Seeing my peers work hard and getting encouragement from my tutors makes my studies extremely enjoyable and rewarding. The course content challenges me to think out of the box and allows me to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios.

    The support I get from my tutors and staff is fantastic. The level of dedication and professionalism they exude is extremely inspiring. I enjoy the modern facilities such as the 24-hour architecture studios, the 24-hour library and careers support. Studying at Brookes also allows me to balance my time well between studies and a part-time job.

    Higher education is a journey to discover and hone your talents and passion. Never stop learning, asking and sharing.