TU Delft, Delft, NL, Editor BNieuws
During my studies, I have taken on a job as an editor in our faculty’s magazine, reporting on a wide range of topics, from interviews with professors to reporting on events that our school’s students and staff were a part of. Here, all the editors were responsible for pitching article ideas, to conducting interviews and gathering up information all the way up to the delivery and distribution. When I began, I was completely new to any kind of reporting or interviewing, as well as unfamiliar with the software that we used. However, with a few weeks and with the help of my excellent colleagues, I have picked up on the essential skills and have become a fully functioning and contributing member of our editorial team.
Furthermore, during my time as an editor, we faced university wide budget cuts, but our editorial board has managed to save the newspaper by streamlining our processes and products and make a significant saving to our budget without losing creative control of our magazine.
InDeSem 2011, Delft, NL, Finance and Sponsorship
In this position I was helping to organise (with 7 other students) International Design Seminar (Indesem) at our school, trying to introduce students to new ideas about architecture and urbanism that are not necessarily part of the normal curriculum. We invited a host of nationally and internationally renowned speakers and tutors to make the event a success. In our desire to investigate contemporary issues in architecture, urbanism and the use of public space, we asked our participants to think about public sphere and what impact social media and current technology has on it. We invited Herman Hertzberger (the spiritual father of the current reincarnation of the seminar), Sir Peter Cook, Christine Boyer, Neil Leach, Marcos Novak, Warren Neidich and many others to share their insight on the topic. After All, InDeSem has been set up in the 1960’s by members of Team X, and we had a whole list of famous names, such as Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel or Saskia Sassen we were hoping to match up to. (We had almost gotten Saskia Sassen to come. Unfortunately, she broke her leg the day before her flight and we had to cancel her lecture to our great regret).
During InDeSem, I was directly responsible (with another fellow student) for finances, acquiring sponsorships and applying for external funding for the seminar. Not only did we manage to stage an extremely successful event with full attendance and some of the most interesting speakers on the given topic, we managed to do this with the lowest monetary contribution from our dean up in recent memory, but also had a generous financial surplus that we passed onto the organisers of Indesem 2013.
Delft University of Technology, Delft, NL, Masters, Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences
The MSc course in Architecture at TU Delft aims to prepare its students for work in architecture and related fields. During this course, the focus lies on mainly on architectonic design and research, supported by courses in Architectural History (which culminates in a history thesis, mine focused on Architectural and Urbanistic Principles of Socialist Realism period in Czechoslovakia), as well as courses in building technology. My graduation studio's focus was "Dwelling".
Delft University of Technology, Delft, NL, Bachelors, Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences
The BSc is a course which offers a broad, but solid foundation for working in architecture and its related fields or pursuing further education. The students are given an introduction to history and theory of architecture and urbanism, an introduction in building physics and technology and an introduction to building management. The focus is on architectural and urbanistic design and research. In the final semester students get to choose their own focus. My final BSc project was in urbanism.