Marcus Cubitt

BA(Hons) Degree in Architecture (RIBA Part 1)/ Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2)/ Masters in Urban Design/ Examination in Practice and Management (RIBA Part 3)

Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?

I studied a variety of GCSEs and then A-Levels in Maths, History, Physics and (AS) Theology where I grew up in the fens of Lincolnshire.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

Having viewed a few universities to study the Degree in Architecture, the welcoming tour around the campus, facilities available and the opportunity to focus my projects on what interests me, as well as what the brief for the design studios was, enticed me to choose Brookes.

What do/did you think of the course while studying here?

Throughout many years achieving all 3 RIBA Parts to becoming an Architect at Brookes, I enjoyed seeing how the topics covered and the expectations placed upon the students changed. The content is varied and gives a balanced approach to learning the artistic nature to being an Architect and the technical basis required. There is also a good focus throughout on society and that without people, there would be no architecture.

How did your scholarship or bursary enhance your experience of the course?

My bursary enabled me to secure a work placement with PRP Architects and a return to the Diploma at Brookes. Having this security and stability throughout 2007-2009 was beneficial and resulted in me having continued contact with both University and the Workplace.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

Without a doubt the best bits of studying at Brookes are the opportunity to express who you are through your work in Architecture and the chances to meet new people and friends. The facilities available are good and wide-ranging. There are many societies to be involved with and a continued presence of the tutors with whom you can build a beneficial study relationship. Oxford is a lovely town to have on your doorstep, full of inspiration for budding Architects!

What advice do you have for others?

Studying Architecture will demand a lot of you and it is important to feel 'at home' wherever you study in order to put in the determination it requires to succeed. Brookes gives an excellent course on which to study, fantastic tutors from whom to learn and a brilliant setting in which to do so. My motto was always "work hard, play hard". And at Brookes, it can cater for both.

After graduating from Brookes what were the next steps for your career and where are you working now?

I have had an on-going connection with PRP Architects and Brookes and am now a full time Architect and Urban Designer at PRP, occasionally visiting Brookes for alumni events.

Did your career turn out how you expected it to be?

I always wanted to be an Architect in London and now I can happily say that I am! I have taken on a role in the technical side to the profession and am enjoying working drawings to build things which people will be enjoying in the built environment for many years to come. The work is always varied which is one of the reasons I love the job and things will be exciting from here on.

What achievements are you most proud of since graduating?

Since graduating from Part 3 and registering for the Architects Registration Board, I am proud to have completed the working drawings for a Community Centre and now working on the technical delivery of the Olympic Legacy housing on the London 2012 Olympic Park. It is a chance to explore all the varying things about my job and look forward to producing something of significance in this important area of London.

How has the course you studied at Oxford Brookes helped you in your career?

All the courses I studied at Oxford Brookes furnished me with the basic skills I needed for each stage of my career, leading up to full qualification. It is a long haul to study for so long but the varying projects and self-confidence I found from work at Brookes has stood me in good stead for the challenges ahead. It is worth all the hard work in the end!

Are you involved with Oxford Brookes currently?

Currently I occasionally attend open days to tell future students about my experiences within Brookes and give advice on studying Architecture. I also attend Doric Club events celebrating the history of the School of Architecture.

In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?

It is important to stay in touch with the tutors as you never know when their expertise will come in handy. It is also a good way to let them know how you are getting on after completing your studies. Feeling like a part of the School's history, it is important to attend events that chart the history of the School of Architecture and say a thank you to those tutors and friends who helped you along the way.

Postgraduate profile

Name

Marcus Cubitt

Course

BA (hons) in Architecture, MA Urban Design

Years of study

2004 - 2011 (Full-time)

Scholarships

Part 1 bursary with PRP Architects

Country

United Kingdom

Current job

Architect and Urban Designer at PRP, London

Brookes gives an excellent course on which to study, fantastic tutors from whom to learn and a brilliant setting in which to do so.