Robert Boltman

Diploma in Architecture


Robert Boltman

Before I came to Brookes I had previously completed a Computer Science degree at Southampton University and worked as an IT consultant, before deciding on a career change and to retrain as an Architect.

What attracted me to Brookes was the combination of the course's excellent reputation along with its slight bias towards Art, vs Engineering. Having already worked in an engineering environment, I felt that this approach would help round out my skills.

I enjoyed the course, and felt it had a good balance to it. The integration of the various modules was good, as was the encouragement to use CAD & 3D design in 2nd and 3rd years, which greatly enhances your employability to architectural practices.

As a mature student who didn't qualify for any other support, the Brookes Academic Excellence bursary was a great help in ensuring I could pay my fees etc.

The best thing about studying at Brookes was the enthusiasm of the staff, the atmosphere in the studios was great. The vertical units were also an excellent feature, mixing the varying perspectives of 2nd and 3rd years.

Robert Boltman

Advice for others

Pace yourself, and try and maintain a sense of perspective, especially in the run up to crits - concentrate on the images and parts of the project that will really move it forward, and avoid the temptation to pull all-nighters (they're counter-productive in the end).

After graduating

After graduating I applied for positions at a number of Architectural Practices and eventually accepted a job at Holder Mathias Architects in Cardiff. I also continued to develop my architectural photography and now have this as another strand to my career, having been awarded an Associateship by the Royal Photographic Society and received a number of commissions.

Robert studied BA Architecture in the School of Architecture.

The best thing about studying at Brookes was the enthusiasm of the staff. The atmosphere in the studios was great.