After the great feedback and success of publishing our IGNITE website and social media platforms, we decided to shine a spotlight on one graduate, who has uploaded their portfolio to the IGNITE website, each week. Through our Weekly Graduate Spotlight, the graduate chosen will have their work and their experience of The University of Plymouth or Plymouth College of Art promoted and celebrated on our various IGNITE platforms.
Christopher’s Experience of Studying at The University of Plymouth
For Christopher, studying the BA (Hons) Architecture degree at Plymouth has supported his discovery of who he is as a designer, including what architecture he is interested in producing in the future.
In particular, the emphasis and encouragement from the course leaders to think innovatively and “outside the box” alongside independent and critical thinking was a key element of the course. With this forward way of thinking, Christopher is able to graduate from his undergraduate degree with a working knowledge of how architecture builds will influence the world socially, politically and environmentally. This in turn will ensure that Christopher’s designs will be grounded in a foundation of social, political and environmental awareness.
“The course engages you with current affairs, encouraging designs that will benefit their context and beyond. This is done through consultations with initiatives such as the FabCity Manifesto, Compassionate Plymouth, Future Parks Accelerator and Plymouth Sound’s National Marine Park.” – Christopher Logue, Architecture Graduate.
These excellent experiential learning opportunities, which offer the students a chance to align their work with real-time initiatives, has equipped Christopher with essential skills required to enter the world of client specifications, as part of the next generation of architects.
Christopher will be staying on at The University of Plymouth, where he plans to develop his skills and knowledge on the Architecture MA course. In particular, the MA course will enable Christopher to explore the independent sense of praxis and creative, critical and strategic thinking that he began developing during his Undergraduate degree.
“Plymouth’s encouragement to become who you want to be in Architecture is amazing – there is no better feeling than doing work that you are passionate about, and work that can make a positive difference to the world.” – Christopher Logue, Architecture Graduate.
Christopher faced serious challenges due to the UK lockdown measures in March, which included an incredibly limited access to facilities during the completion of his final project. However, rather than letting these challenges get the better of him and his project, Christopher took the opportunity to find effective new ways to work, while working from home. As a result, Christopher has gained new skills that he will continue to develop during his time on the MA Architecture course, which he will be able to facilitate within his career as a fully chartered Architect.
“I feel a lot stronger as a designer and have gained a lot of confidence from having to overcome the many challenges faced while working from home.” – Christopher Logue, Architecture Graduate
How IGNITE Futures Will Benefit Christopher
Despite the abundance of options for showcasing work and having an online presence, for Christopher IGNITE Futures provides a unique and effective platform for graduates to have their work recognised, while also being able to provide a link to a full portfolio and CV. As a result, this platform will support Christopher’s future job applications, with potential employers able to easily navigate from the portfolio overview to delving into more examples of work, all with a simple link.
“This opens so many possibilities for national and international outreach, showcasing your work on a global scale. It is fantastic! I will be placing this link on all future applications and linking it to all platforms so everything can be connected.” – Christopher Logue, Architecture Graduate