Nompsy Chigaru

Nompsy Chigaru

London, GB


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I recently qualified as a Part II, with my Diploma in Architecture, from the Glasgow School of Art, where I also completed my Part I studies. 

I believe that our role as architects goes beyond the finished building, and I am inspired by architecture that considers, reflects and answers to the people for whom it is designed. I believe that architecture plays an integral role in enriching people’s lives, and this can only be achieved through directly responding to the people for whom we are designing. 

I have spent a year in practice in Glasgow, and have also embarked on design & build projects in the Global South. Along with this practical experience, I also have excellent skills in computer programmes in both 2- & 3D, such as Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator) and CAD/BIM software such as Revit, Vectorworks and AutoCAD.


Building trust international, Volunteer Station Editor

My role as Station Editor for the UK chapter of the architectural design charity based in South East Asia, allows me to contribute to the BTI Facebook page, promoting and highlighting architects and architectural design projects that are a tool for positive social change.

Sep 2015 - current

Orkidstudio, Glasgow, GB, Volunteer

Beginning in January 2016, our team of 10 volunteers, alongside the Orkidstudio team, participated in design workshops where we designed and refined proposals for the health centre, whilst also receiving input and feedback from healthcare professionals, members of the Sachibondu community, and staff of the Health Centre.

Our design task was a facility better designed to support the full recovery of patients, rather than perpetuating spread of infection. This meant considering the most effective ventilation techniques to lower the spread of infection and disease, daylighting strategies that reduce reliance on electricity, whilst also making spaces inhabitable and comfortable for patients - incorporating the beautiful landscape that surrounds the Health Centre.

In early July, we travelled to Sachibondu to complete the construction of the hospital, alongside a team of 70-80 local men and women, both skilled and unskilled. Through my time in Sachibondu, I was fortunate enough to learn new skills from the local and Orkidstudio teams, primarily bricklaying, carpentry and a better understanding of plumbing and drainage design.

Jan 2016 - Sep 2016

BDP, Glasgow, GB, Part I Architectural Assistant

In my role as a Part I assistant, I primarily working on the education team. My experience involved working extensively on stages 3 and 4, producing both tender and construction packages in Revit. This included the technical detailing of various aspects of the building.
I also assisted with the preparation of both 2- and 3D models ahead of public consultations and client & design team meetings. I was exposed to NBS specification writing, and the preparation of drawings and letters ahead of their submission to building control and building warrant.

Sep 2013 - Sep 2014


The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, GB, Diploma in Architecture

Sep 2015 - Jun 2016

The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, GB, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)

Sep 2010 - Jun 2015


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