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Graduates 2021: Jessica Rowley: Architecture

“I have found the course very challenging at times, often testing my skill set and pace of working. However this has been a positive challenge as I have learnt so many new skills and methods of working, be that collaborative, visual or written. My tutors as well as the student support team have been wonderful throughout my studies, enabling me to do the best I can and to push myself creatively.”

Hi Jessica – please tell us a bit about your work and your influences?

“My final project this year was heavily informed by my dissertation, which explored themes of darkness and it’s effects on the psyche. This led me to analyse my site in a way that was sensitive to this. I ended up focusing on light pollution and its effects on insect species, mainly the moth and its rapid decline in urban environments- linked to street lighting. My building design is a residence for a Lepidopterist and the moth ( in particular the nearly extinct house groundling). Due to studio 3’s brief I decided to interfere very minimally with the existing structure, instead inserting tensile/filigree elements and organic materials. I found photographers such as Vera Lutter and floris neususs to be important precedents early on in my work as well as the architect Eva Jiricna who has made me fall in love with stairs!”

work by jessica rowley

 How have you found your course and time at Brighton?

“I have found the course very challenging at times, often testing my skill set and pace of working. However this has been a positive challenge as I have learnt so many new skills and methods of working, be that collaborative, visual or written. My tutors as well as the student support team have been wonderful throughout my studies, enabling me to do the best I can and to push myself creatively.”

How did you choose your course – why did you choose to study Architecture?

“Before attending Brighton I was on a 1 year foundation course in 3d design in London, Architecture was one of the pathways and it really captured my attention. There was so much more to the built environment than I had previously envisioned it was both technical, artistic and mystical and I knew I needed to find out how to engage with it.

What are your plans after graduation?

“I am unsure as to where or what I will do / specialise in at this very moment but would like to find a job where I feel stimulated. Whether this is in an Architectural practice or elsewhere I am yet to know.”

Find out about studying Architecture BA(Hons) at Brighton.

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