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Course Studied: Interior Design Environment Architecture

Year of Graduation: 2007

Why did you decide to study your chosen course?

I had been working with an architectural practice for a few years as an assistant, and I wanted to become a professional in that sector.

What's your favourite memory of your time as a Ravensbourne student?

The late night pizzas before deadlines and the support we gave one another whenever we got stuck.

Who was your favourite lecturer, and why?

Layton Reid: knowledgeable, witty and supportive. A real character at times, and a person who can take a joke and sarcasm.

Did you complete any work placements or internships as a student? If yes, tell us what you gained from the experience.

I worked for one month during the Christmas break for a design and branding agency; it helped me improve my portfolio

Are you employed or do you run your own business? If so what as, and where are you based?

I am employed as an architectural designer for a large architectural practice in Blackfriars. I also have my small private business on the side.

Tell us a little about what your current job role involves and describe a typical day.

I run a medium sized project as lead designer and my duties vary greatly, from attending meetings with clients and other consultants, to modelling in Revit, reviewing and marking-up drawings, etc. It is difficult to define a "typical day" as every day differs so much from another. Mine is definitely not a boring position to be in!

What are the most challenging aspects of your job?

I find getting the work done by others to my standards, is a tough challenge. We are not all the same and I need to evaluate each individual's best skills in order to maximise their working potential. At times I end up doing their work myself as it's easier than explaining the same thing many times, but I believe this to be a shortfall.

What are the key skills required to do your job?

Communication is key to many aspect of this job, in addition one needs to be very well organised, methodical, have a good eye for details, a creative approach to problem solving, and an ability to research.

If you could give one piece of advice to current students what would it be?

if you don't understand something, don't be afraid to ask, ever!

Elisabetta Carbone

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