What’s after uni? Where Angus took his Design degree

While Angus got to experience international design through a study exchange to Europe, there is nothing like working first hand to really explore the differences between architectural practice in Europe and Australia.

We catch up to discuss how his degree in design has taken him to Germany while he works towards registration as an Architect in Australia.

Can you sum up in one or two sentences what you do in your job?

Design and documentation of residential, multi-residential and public buildings. Construction and contract supervision. I am currently working in Germany, which I chose to do to explore the differences between architectural practice in Europe and Australia

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I have been interested in architecture from a young age. The challenge of working in a field that is familiar to me, while speaking my second language (German). This is highly rewarding and makes for a great learning environment.

What are some of the major projects you have been involved in/career highlights to date?

James Turrell’s Nightlife art installation at GOMA (as assistant exhibition designer) as well as the renovation and design on a number of private houses in Brisbane.

What are your future goals?

I am currently working towards registration as an Architect in Australia. I hope to eventually start my own practice in the Architecture and Design field.

What course did you study?

Bachelor of Design (Hons) (Architectural Studies) minoring in Urban Design.

What made you choose QUT?

I chose QUT for the recognition of its design degree, and the structure of the architecture course. The location of the Gardens Point campus is also convenient and was great when I started working at an architecture practice in the city.

What did you find most beneficial, or particularly enjoy about your experience at QUT?

I liked the compact size of the campus which made it always feel alive and easy to get between classes. The format of the classes in the design degree are also quite good. I particularly enjoyed the design studio classes. I undertook the design faculty’s short term study tour to Europe.

During your course did you have the opportunity to develop industry contacts or gain experience through events or internships?

Yes, I was able to have some interaction with the industry. The student clubs and networks that are supported by QUT such as SONA, AA and the DUB helped connect the student group with industry professionals. Through SONA, I completed a mentoring program with a group of other students, in which we were paired with an architecture practice. We met with the architects and were given presentations, taken to site visits and asked any questions about the day to day business of an architect.

How did your learning at QUT prepare you for career challenges or help you get to where you are today?

QUT helped me to become a competent communicator of architectural ideas and technical information, as well as developed skills such as critical thinking and analysis. This has helped me to confidently approach challenges such as job interviews, client meetings, discussions with consultants, and react assertively to changing situations in my workplace.

For anyone considering studying architecture or design, I would highly recommend the courses and opportunities offered by QUT. Its unique format of integrating students from the multiple disciplines of design creates an environment of creative interaction from a number of perspectives.

With seven majors and many double degrees to choose from the QUT Bachelor of Design will allow you to be immersed in a hands-on creative environment where you’ll focus on solving problems that are key social issues.

Or, if just like Angus you want to travel overseas, immerse yourself in a different culture and be on pace with the design trends emerging in another country, the Bachelor of Design International might be for you. This degree combines the three-year Bachelor of Design with one year of international studies, giving you all the outcomes of the standard degree, including your choice of majors, plus the advantages of a flexible year of international studies. Destinations include the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, the USA and Canada.