Course of the Month - Architecture
Kirk Slankard, 20, is originally from London and was drawn to the BA (Hons) Architecture course because he felt it was an unique course compared to those available at other universities, especially with its encouragement in taking part in competitions and interaction with professionals.
As well as being a student he is a very talented Fencer. He is one of six Fencers to be picked for the Fencing World Cup and will part of Team GB at the Brazilian Olympics in 2016, and has also been selected to go to Athens and Chicago for Team GB.
Kirk juggles studying with training four times a week for three hours a day (not including the gym) and founded The Ravensbourne Fencing Society, which he says has really helped to keep him focussed.
What did you study before coming here and where did you study?
I studied art, math, and physics A-level with further math and product design at As levels, at Bullers Wood school, in Chislehurst.
How did you hear about Ravensbourne?
Through my sixth-form art department and through the open days.
What do you like most about Ravensbourne?
Its location in London and the design, obviously!
How do you like the teachers, resources, support, facilities?
The teachers are great, there is always one of them to talk to about your current project, even at ten o'clock at night.
What opportunities have you had here that you don't think you'd have gotten at other institutions?
The World Architecture Festival is a great event that highlights all the best buildings over the past year looking at car parks to houses. One of the great things is, is that WAF trusts and invites Ravensbourne students to help run the event every year.
What are your proudest moments here?
Educational; helping run WAF in Singapore was pretty special, and socially; taking the first Ravensbourne fencing team to Paris in a international students competition and getting third.
What work placement are you hoping to get?
With who at the moment, I don't know. However, I am very interested in how good design can be carried out through various disciplines.
How do you think this course will help you in the future?
One of the first things I was told in Ravensbourne is that I would probably have a career of over 60 years... I believe with this course I have had a good start!