"Studying at Ravensbourne was a huge learning curve both personally and professionally that embraced and encouraged my unique view on design."
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures / MA Environmental Design
Year of Graduation: BA 2006/ MA 2010
What appealed to you about Ravensbourne and your chosen degree course?
I really liked the fact that there were a range of tutors on the course, with fantastic links to the design industry and they were receptive to working with students from varied backgrounds. The tutors actively encouraged students to develop their own style, giving you the confidence and the freedom to help you to cultivate your own ideas.
How has your degree from Ravensbourne helped you achieve your professional goals?
My degree was conducive to gaining a number of different employment opportunities, this meant I was able to choose a place to work that suited me best, based on the experience of working for a number of different firms. This allowed me to expand my experience in many design fields in both the UK and overseas.
Please tell us about the benefits that you experienced from studying with us.
Exposure to working with key design firms in London was an essential part of my development whilst studying. Being able to collaborate with students from different courses like product design and fashion also helped further develop my design knowledge and experience.
What were the main highlights from your time at Ravensbourne?
I was honoured to be awarded the student of the year award which was definitely a highlight and something which I am very proud of. Students and tutors worked very closely together and the tutors were passionate about providing us with the best opportunities. I was also able to obtain relevant work experience which led to part time employment, allowing me to gain work experience while I was studying.
How is Ravensbourne different from other universities/colleges?
On both my BA and MA courses I was able to explore subjects for my major projects which were unique to me and not 'main stream'. I was fully supported enabling me to fully utilise my time, learning and developing to reach my full potential. The content of my MA studies was well received and within a unique field of study due to having the ability to connect two schools of thought in a unique way.
Tell us a little about your current employment.
I'm currently employed as a Senior Designer for Gensler an integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm based in their Tokyo office.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Take the opportunity to follow the ideas that you are passionate about, don't settle for someone else's ideas, your own are unique. Work with your tutors to see how your ideas can improved and perfected. Work hard and try to gain as much experience from collaborating with both professionals and peers as possible.