BA(Hons) DipArch MSc(Sust. Build.)
Mina completed an MSc in Sustainable Building: Performance and Design in 2009 at the School of Architecture, where she also completed the RIBA Part I and Part II qualifications. Passing with distinction, she decided to extend the topic of her MSc thesis into doctorate studies. Her thesis is entitled Design strategies for food production integrated into buildings. She is in the first year of her part-time MPhil/PhD and will be submitting her registration papers by the end of the academic year 2010/2011.
Mina is in the process of writing the literature review and attending the first year training modules, all in preparation for her research registration. Her research is moving towards theories that look into understanding human behaviour and use of new technologies to design systems which are intuitive and easy to use, minimising energy and maintenance. The sustainable integration of green infrastructure and food cultivation into the built environment is a key part of sustainable cities, however sustainable integration should not increase mains water and energy consumption. Alongside her part-time research, she is practicing architecture and assisting with teaching in the School of Architecture.
Mina presented her MSc thesis results at the AESOP conference in October 2010. Mina also presented at the Oxford Brookes, School of Built Environment, Research Student Conference.
Questions and answers:
- Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
- What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
- What do you think of the course now you're here?
- What are your plans for when you've completed your course, for work or further study?
- What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?
- What advice do you have for others?
I completed my undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Oxford Brookes University.
The school of Architecture has a very good international and national reputation. In 2002 during my last year of A levels I met Bill Dunster (well known sustainable architect) who recommended I apply to Brookes.
The MSc gave me exactly the skills I hoped to gain as an architecture graduate who has specialised in sustainable building design.
I plan to undertake a part-time PhD looking at growing food on buildings at the OISD architecture unit and work part-time in an architecture practice that works on sustainable housing projects.
Oxford Brookes has a very good studio culture. The tutors are also extremely good at what they do both as teachers and academics.
Make sure you follow your passion (what's driving you to do the course?) head on. If you don't know what your passion is, try to find it. Enjoy every moment, the good and the bad, because if you're not happy with your course now, how do you know you'll be happy doing it in practice?