Architecture Personal Statement
I have had many varied ideas about my potential future career. Throughout each of these, however, I have always been attracted to drawing and design. As I have experienced and learnt more about the world and how it functions I have developed a deep interest in, and appreciation of, the influence of architecture. From Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia to Norman Foster’s 30 St Mary Axe, architecture is art for the masses. However, not all architecture is appealing and even less can be considered great because of a constant constraint that impacts on the form, namely money. I am passionate about becoming an Architect because I believe architecture can be brilliant whatever the budget and shouldn’t be dictated by the developer but by the end user. This passion is visible in the art I’ve created during my spare time and during my GCSE’s, where I was chosen from almost 100 students by my Art teachers and awarded for ‘Outstanding Effort and Progress’. It is also evident in my graphic design work, where I always try to thoroughly develop my work, either on paper or through my proficiency with CAD. Architecture is not just about art. Mathematics is an integral part of a building’s design. Architects are therefore dependant on engineering as architecture becomes ever more complex and challenges the boundaries of conventional construction methods. That is why I have made sure that maths is one of my key subjects, exhibiting a natural understanding and gaining consistently good grades. My AS-Level in Physics has also greatly improved my understanding of the physical constraints of materials and their use construction. Communication is also essential to architecture, as it is a multi-disciplinary endeavour. Throughout secondary education I have been recognised for achievements in English, demonstrating both excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Before applying for this course I wanted to make sure it was really what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and gaining practical experience seemed the best way to do this. Over the past year, therefore, I have been working with two achitects to gain an understanding of their work. One is a self-employed Architect/Town Planner, working mainly in agriculture and barn conversions and sticking to technical drawing within the design process. Accompanying him every Wednesday for several months and discussing the field gave me valuable knowledge which I could never have gained from reading about the subject in The Architect’s Journal or from watching an episode of Grand Designs. A studio in Sheffield was a much larger practice who took me on full time for two weeks, during which I was given the opportunity to design a house with AutoCAD and 3D rendering software. With the help and encouragement of the staff, I quickly learnt the basics. This contrast in traditional and modern techniques with conservational and new build design has confirmed that Architecture is the correct choice for me as I have developed an interest in all its various and exciting permutations.
I have always been keen to gain experience in areas outside the field. Presented with the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award, I relished the chance to help my community and have done so ever since. I began volunteering in June 2011 for a hospice, working in their local charity shop, which has helped me develop communication and teamwork skills, as well as a great deal of confidence and maturity.
Having focused both my study and work experiences on creating a strong foundation for undergraduate study in the field, I believe that I have proven myself to be a dedicated, ambitious and passionate candidate. While I am aware that Architecture is a challenging subject, it is this passion that will ensure I work to a high standard throughout university and into my career beyond. It may be hard work, but the reward of seeing your designs come to life appeals greatly to me and will drive me to succeed.