As a person, I consider creativity and resourcefulness to be two of my most valuable attributes given their usefulness in virtually all areas. My overall career direction is orientated specifically around design, however I have a strong desire to bring design into fields where it is lacking. Throughout both of my degrees issues of sustainability and community interaction have been the main focus of many of my projects. Whilst through my work experience I have tackled a variety of other issues using my skill-set.
MArch. Urban Design
Relevant Modules: History & Theory of Urban Design, Strategic Urban Design, Detailed Urban Design, Urban Design Report, Urban Design Assignments in Hong Kong and Athens.
Main Project Brief: The Ideal City.
The focus of the course was set on expressing how bottom-up design principles will create answers to worldly issues. My final project was based on an original theory, which I termed “Outscape Urbanism.” It fundamentally encouraged the need to break away from traditional design methods and experiment within Athens’ city boundaries based on the needs of the community. During my research and site analysis, the priority was to engage and interact with members of the community. This contact was maintained throughout the project in order to achieve a successful final design.
• Intricate urban model making and visualization techniques. The model became the showcase piece of the project as it clearly presented the idea and design.
• In depth urban analysis techniques both on site and from the design studio.
• Working closely with a fellow Urban Designer throughout the entire project.
• Advanced skills in Space Syntax urban analysis software.
• Strong ability to re-imagine ideas of existing urban projects and tailor them to the required brief.
• The creation of innovative and precise presentations in many formats including – PowerPoint, video, posters, interactive models.
• Ability to adapt to and engage with communities and culture at the local level whilst simultaneously tackling problems that exist at a larger scale.
• Vocal & visual presentation to peers and established professionals.
• Visual presentation skills and the ability to create detailed plans and sections.
• Sourcing a variety of ideas and applying them to a particular site.
• Creating detailed urban briefs.
• Ability to write a large Urban Report on the project.
• Undertaking of the coordination and construction of an Urban Exhibition.
B.A(hons) Product Design
Relevant Modules: Main Design Project, Manufacture Systems, Mechanical Systems, Professional Skills, Economics & Management, Advanced Electronics, Statics, Design Psychology, Ergonomics & Contextual Studies, Design Ethics, Ethical Issues.
Main Project Brief: Environmental Design.
The focus on this project was creating a sustainable solution to the environmental issue of clean water. A challenging brief was created, both technically but economically as well as the product had to be very cheap. Collaboration with engineers ensured the functionability of the design. Further projects included the concept of an alternative public bike system for Montreal, designing posters to raise public awareness of the national waste crisis and designing postage stamps to celebrate biodiversity.
• Advanced skills in CAD software (Solidworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Sketchup, Photoworks 360).
• Creating Detailed Models both by hand and 3d printing.
• Creating a detailed product brief.
• Ability to work within both a large & small team, as well as being the leader of a design team.
• Creating detailed Gantt charts for time organisation.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills. Including the creation of a manufacturing and life cycle plan.
Thus far, my academic background has enabled me to develop a strong ability to communicate effectively in written, verbal and especially visual terms. Furthermore, working in a multitude of environments, combined with my nature, has allowed me to develop strong interpersonal skills in relation to both clients and colleagues. Therefore I am able to function well independently and as part of a team. The nature of my employment has also provided me with the opportunity to gain a high level of administrative skills, including experience with many general and advanced computer programs.
Finally, I am confident in my ability to bring creativity and innovation to the work place. It is apparent throughout my experience that working alongside the community and answering real issues at hand has always been at the forefront of my design motive. Translating people’s ideas into visual concepts is a personal strength, but more importantly the ability to provide the spark for the unravelling of a unique idea is personal attribute that I treasure the most. I believe that my position as a designer who has a collective knowledge base of various design fields will broaden my design ability to successfully answer modern urban issues.
During my free time I visit exhibitions and design events around the country in order to broaden my knowledge, gain inspiration and network. I also regularly play football and occasionally engage in recreational sports such as shooting and golf. In addition I engage in carpentry and restoration as a hobby and have attracted a large number of paying clients.
Castle Hill Properties, Lancaster, GB, Design Contractor
During my time working for Castle Properties I have been involved in a variety of projects. Firstly a unique logo had to be created in order to make the company stand out from the many other estate agents within the city. Many concepts were created and following an intense development meeting with the managing director a final design was created. Following this I was also asked to oversee the website layout.
I expressed my desire to get hands on in projects to the director. After showing her some of my previous work, she requested me to manage a restoration project on one of the properties gardens. This then led to further projects including renovation & re-design of properties & gardens.
Finally, within the properties there were many pieces of furniture, which needed some attention. I made it a personal project to restore the pieces to their former glory.
MYO Design, Liverpool, GB, Interior Design Assistant
Working at MYO design was my first experience working within the Interior Design sector. The firm operated with a small team, specialising in high-end luxurious interiors. During my time there I shadowed many client meetings & became involved in development discussions.
Seeing my previous work, I was asked to conduct a design brief proposal for a restaurant & apartment renovation. I quickly excelled in sourcing in style examples for the new design & creating professional documents for presentation. After the owner approved the direction of the project creating floor plans was the next task. Many designs were created in order to achieve the highest intake of customers whilst keeping the proposed elegant edge. This stage of the design started to allow detailed budgets to be created & agreed with the owner.
Christopher Taylor Design, Leek, GB, Architecture Assistant
Working at CTD was a great experience working within the architectural field. During my time there I worked with many members of the practice. On site analysis and surveying was one of the first assignments put upon me. This work allowed me to get hands on in major projects and see projects develop.
Following this I was asked to attend client meetings in order to respond to a clients design brief. Using a combination of software, such as sketchup &Auto Cad, a solution was created.
Liffy News, Dublin, IE, Retail Assistant
Working at Liffey News allowed me to gain first time experience in working with customers at a face-to-face level. I was requested to oversee shop management, stock management & operate tills. As well as this, I created new spreadsheets for the newsagent and simple advertising alternatives using Microsoft Office.
University College London (UCL), London, GB, MArch, Urban Design
University of Leeds, Leeds, GB, Bachelors, Product Design
Uppingham School, Uppingham, GB, High School, 4 A-levels
Uppingham School, Uppingham, GB, High School, 10 GCSEs