This year, Milot Pireva graduated in BA (Hons) Architecture. In this interview he looks back on his Ravensbourne experience, presents his final project, and talks about his plans for the future.
Project name: Caravanserai
Shoreditch town hall as a place reflecting the history and culture of Shoreditch; a place of transit, where a new temporary stepping stone is formed for national and international immigrants. The scheme, assisting the displaced, consists of many facilities, including language support and study, emergency transfer, religious areas, health care, flexes according to the need of time. A new building is formed bridging the social and physical divisions and constructing intersections that connect the local communities with the transient travellers for all sorts of exchange and trade to occur. The physical engagement of games, harvest and exchange of material and immaterial matter, create an autonomous festive environment. It is a garden of displaced cultures which acts as an embassy for immigrants of all cultural and religious backgrounds.
Q: Can you please describe your Ravensbourne experience?
M: The past three years have been amazing. I have made so many new friends from so many different places and I have loved working with them. I also feel very privileged to have been taught by the best tutors around, they have helped me fulfil my potential and have brought out the best in me, not only academically but personally as well.
I strongly believe that a designer’s history, background and culture are what differentiates them from every other designer.
Q: What was the biggest inspiration for your final year project? How is your culture and collective memory influencing your work?
M: The Architecture industry is very competitive, and I strongly believe that a designer’s history, background and culture are what differentiates them from every other designer. For my final year project I designed a stepping stone for immigrants coming into the UK, a place where people learn, live and socialise; a place where people are not only taught English, but taught how to interact and integrate into society. I believe that my family’s background and history have influenced me strongly on this project and will continue to play a significant part in my future designs.
Q: What makes the Ravensbourne's experience different comparing to other Higher Education institutes?
M: At Ravensbourne there are no classrooms, so you are encouraged to interact, socialise and even learn with students from other courses. One day I might sit next to a graphic designer or a fashion student and get their views on my project. This is invaluable as their perspective will be different to that of students on my course.
The people I have met at Ravensbourne will never be forgotten.
Q: Can you describe life after Ravensbourne? Are there any elements from your student life that will be carried along while setting your future steps?
M: The people I have met at Ravensbourne will never be forgotten; students and staff alike. These people will continue to play a big part in my future steps. I plan on starting a design business with one of my classmates. I will always keep in touch with our course leader because he always knows what to do and will always be willing to help us.