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Graduates 2022: Manar Abu-Aisheh: Architecture BA(Hons)

“Brighton has a balance between the creative and technical aspect of architecture which I really enjoyed. Through this I developed a deeper knowledge of the technology of my designs along with incorporating sustainability and the RIBA 2030 challenge onto my designs, giving me a sense of the type of work I’ll be involved in when I become a qualified architect.”

Please tell us a bit about your work and your influences

I begin my working process by studying the site – its atmosphere, the surrounding buildings’ style etc- with considering the project brief. I then begin thinking of ways my architecture could fit into site along with ways to bring an element of modernism/ innovation to it, through researching precedents. I tend to research the process of development of these precedents and use these concepts to develop a type of grid or a set of rules that allow for generating different design possibilities with the potential to grow. But are controlled, to enable the making of spaces and schemes that work together as a whole. I aim to create engaging experiences through focusing on circulation systems and their way of leading one through spaces, where I perceive walkways as spaces on their own and highlight this through making them semi-exterior, bringing an element from the outside to the inside, exaggerating the shift between one space to another and controlling/ providing views along the journey. I work out the spatial relationships using plans and sections and add details through the use model making and sketching as a form of documenting ideas and applying them to my design.

How have you found your course and time at Brighton?

Brighton has a balance between the creative and technical aspect of architecture which I really enjoyed. Through this I developed a deeper knowledge of the technology of my designs along with incorporating sustainability and the RIBA 2030 challenge onto my designs, giving me a sense of the type of work I’ll be involved in when I become a qualified architect.

I was interested in studying architecture from a very young age, where I initially developed my interest at 8 years old through playing a game called sims and constantly creating 3d cad buildings on it. My interest in architecture further developed when I moved from the middle east to England and saw the major shift in architectural style, making me perceive architecture as a representation of culture and identity meaning that it holds a much deeper meaning to its inhabitance and has an ability to connect with and influence people.

 

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

I was interested in studying architecture from a very young age, where I initially developed my interest at 8 years old through playing a game called sims and constantly creating 3d cad buildings on it. My interest in architecture further developed when I moved from the middle east to England and saw the major shift in architectural style, making me perceive architecture as a representation of culture and identity meaning that it holds a much deeper meaning to its inhabitance and has an ability to connect with and influence people.

What are your plans after graduation?

My design profession ambitions are to become a sustainable commercial and residential architect. Where I would like to have the opportunity to work at varies types of projects and discover methods of design that would make architecture more meaningful to its inhabitants in terms of being welcoming and engage with perception. I plan on meeting these ambitions through entering competitions hosted by RIBA and other parties to engage in various projects and undergo further research around these topics. I would also like to work in a medium to large scale architecture firm focused on sustainability and mixed-use projects in my part 1 as I believe I would be able to meet others who are specialists from different areas and create a network that will help me learn from the expertise of others in my workspace.

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

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