Paul Avery

BA (Hons) Architecture

Questions and answers:

  1. Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
  2. Before coming to Brookes I studied for a BTEC in Construction part-time at Basingstoke College of Technology during 2005/06, having completed Product Design, Physical Education and Business Studies A Levels at Kennet School in Thatcham. I studied for the BTEC part-time due to my sponsorship from the architectural practice, Dreweatt Neate/Sutton Griffin which I joined in 2005.

  3. What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
  4. Having attended the open day and having talked to previous students who I was in practice with, Brookes seemed the obvious choice due to its reputation, its proximitry to Newbury and the high level of the design and creativity seen in previous work.

  5. What do you think of the course now you're here?
  6. Although part-time architecture can be tough at times, the course is extremely rewarding with Brookes having been supportive of my mode of study and helpful in structuring my own individual modular structure. The course allows you to explore new ideas with a high level of flexibility through the modular and design unit choices, with an underlining practical theme in all modules. I would recommend this course (full-time or part-time) to anyone considering exploring an education/future career in architecture.

  7. What are your plans for when you've completed your course, for work or further study?
  8. I plan to continue studying part-time at Brookes through my diploma or via a part 2 office based examination which only Brookes offer. Having seen the standard of existing diploma work, and the way in which it is taught, Brookes again seems the obvious choice.

  9. What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?
  10. The design tutors and field chairs have provided a high level of support and guidance which has allowed for a truly informative and interactive learning experience, which is suited to my own individual needs. The high level of design creativity which is encouraged combined with Brookes' continued exploration of future possibilities are just two of the positives of studying here.

  11. What advice do you have for others?
  12. If studying part-time be prepared to work hard and to be flexible but above all try to find an employer who echoes this flexibility and is supportive of your studies. Time management is key in order to deal with the workload, but as long as you are open with lecturers and tutors regarding your other commitments, they are keen to work with you in order to find a suitable solution.

Paul Avery studies BA (Hons) Architecture with the School or Architecture (2006-2011 Part-time)

The course allows you to explore new ideas with a high level of flexibility through the modular and design unit choices, with an underlining practical theme in all modules.