To whom it may concern,
My name is Declan Smith and I am a recent graduate of a Masters of Architecture at the Queens University, Belfast. Throughout my education and work experience I have proven excellent computer drafting skills with programmes such as AutoCAD, SketchUp, Vray, Photoshop, InDesign etc as well as exemplary sketching and physical modelling skills. I am eager, hardworking and determined to gain as much experience in the industry as possible. Although I am currently still based in the U.K, I am seeking work at an international level and relish the opportunity of working in a different culture, economy and design philosophy.
Declan Smith Bsc. MArch.
Rafe Maclean Architects, Wanaka, NZ, Architectural Assistant
Whilst traveling around New Zealand on a working holiday visa I was able to gain employment in Rafe MacLean Architects, a small award winning office in the beautiful town Wanaka, New Zealand. The office is that of sole practitioner Rafe MacLean and mainly concentrates on contemporary residential projects as well as a few larger commercial projects such as a new winery and restaurant for a local vineyard. In the short period I worked with RFA I feel that I gained a valuable insight into the design issues and problems faced by offices in a different climate and country.
Consarc Design Group, Belfast, GB, Architectural Assistant
Shortly after graduating at Queens I started my 12 month professional experience placement at Consarc Conservation, part of one of Belfast’s largest practices with a work force of around a hundred employees, incorporating architects, project managers, conservation architects, interior designers, building surveyors, quantity surveyors and stone surveying specialists. Whilst at Consarc I worked on various projects, from 17th Century stone barns to a modern mountain and activity centre. One project that I worked on extensively was the restoration and renovation of St.Thomas’ Church, which was published in the RSUA’s Perspective magazine in September 2008. During my year at Consarc I gained a better knowledge and understanding of detailing, the planning and cost process, and quality assurance whilst improving my practical skills such as Photoshop, AutoCAD, 3-D modeling, word processing, excel and sketching.
Whittaker and Watt Architects, Belfast, GB, Architectural Assistant
After completing my first year of architecture at Queens I thought it would be useful to my professional development to gain experience in an architecture practice. I began working full time at Whittaker and Watt Architects, medium sized firm of around 15 employees, working mostly in the commercial and healthcare sectors, in the summer of 2005. After a successful couple of months, I continued to work one or two days a week throughout my second year at queens and then resumed full time work with the firm the following summer. I enjoyed my time at Whittaker and Watt Architects and gained a greater understanding of how an architecture firm operates whilst improving my technical knowledge. Most importantly I felt by experiencing the reality of the course I was studying, it encouraged me to concentrate on my studies at the time and pursue a career in architecture.
Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, GB, MArch, Architecture
In September 2009 I enrolled once again with Queens University to continue my Post Graduate studies in Architecture. The curriculum and practical projects sought to teach a holistic approach to architecture that covered the phenomenological to the pragmatic, from the initial spark of inspiration through to the to final presentation and product. This including a intense 11 day field trip to Berlin, a dissertation on a topic of my choice and culminated in a thesis project in my final semester that was aimed at incorporating all that I have learned in the previous semesters. Over the course of the past two years I have attempted to add a more complex layer of intelligence to my approach to architecture and determine my own personal position on the field. This has been an intense and at times strenuous learning curve that I have enjoyed thoroughly and now feel that I have a much better grasp and understanding of the craft of making space.
Bilkent University, Ankara, TR, Interior Architecture
In the second semester of my MArch 1 year I attended the department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design at Bilkent University, Ankara as part of the Erasmus exchange program for one semester. Studying with and about different cultures, exchanging different attitudes and ideas was an amazing and invaluable experience that I will continue to draw inspiration from throughout my career. Whilst based in Turkey I also took the opportunity to explore more of the middle eastern countries surrounding it such as Syria and Lebanon and in particular their vast history of Islamic culture and architecture.
Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, GB, Bachelors, Architecture
During my undergraduate studies at Queens I acquired excellent skills in hand drafting and physical model making as well as competence in various computer aided drafting packages including AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Photoshop, Sketch- Up and V-ray. I illustrated excellent design capabilities in both my group and solo projects and left the course feeling inspired and confident that I could manage a wide range of projects of all types and sizes.