Luke always had a passion for architecture, and the potential to shape the future of homes and cities. After graduating with a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) last year, he is well on his way to seeing his dream become reality – he is already working as a draftsman, contributing to design projects around Newcastle and the Hunter region.
Luke grew up in Sydney, and his family moved to Port Macquarie when he finished high school. The University of Newcastle was “always a sweet in-between from the two,” says Luke.
“I always had a passion for Architecture and design of built space and the potential I could have in shaping the future of homes and cities around Australia,” says Luke.
For Luke, his study at the University of Newcastle gave him new practical skills in design. Luke now works as a draftsman for an architectural firm, working on projects by modelling plans and details for concept design and construction, as well as creating photorealistic renders of projects.
Luke found that the tutors and lecturers were incredibly helpful throughout his undergraduate degree. “The Architecture Faculty has a great number of experienced tutors and lecturers who have made studying a lot more insightful,” says Luke.
One of the highlights of his degree was access to premier design equipment, and the Makerspace – the University’s workshop where makers, designers, engineers, programmers, creatives, and avid tinkerers can all work on projects, collaborate, share ideas and problem solve.
“The workshop and Makerspace is an awesome area with great technology such as 3D printers and laser cutters, taking project modelling to the next level,” says Luke.
The Makerspace was also a source of great encouragement and team spirit for Luke. “Time in the studio was always positive and enjoyable, even when things got stressful it was comforting to know you weren’t alone with it.”
Luke loved being able to see completed projects of his peers throughout his degree and seeing their different creative approaches to a project. “Being able to see the whole cohort’s completed projects, how they approached assessments and what style of design everyone used - the positive feeling of finishing a big assessment with your year - I think they’re the most enjoyable experiences from my time at the University of Newcastle.”
Sharing these experiences has led to strong connections with students and lecturers alike, who continue to be a sounding board for new ideas. “I know I have people I can speak to about any issues or challenges I encounter throughout my studies and/or career,” says Luke.
Luke also found electives throughout his degree helped to push him in new directions. “Electives were a fun way to gain a new perspective about the potential of where you can take your degree and the different things you can learn and achieve after completing it,” says Luke.
He encourages students to enter into study with an open mind. “Ask questions and be open about when you are struggling or do not understand something. There are a number of staff who are there to help you learn and feel comfortable with your degree,” says Luke.
After some experience in the field, Luke has decided to return to the institution he loves next year to commence his postgraduate studies. The University of Newcastle offers a Master of Architecture, which is one of the requirements for gaining registration as an architect.
Luke’s dream of shaping the future of homes and cities around Australia is already beginning to be realised. He has already been responsible for the design process of single residential projects and contributed towards the concept design of several potential future projects around Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. You may just happen to walk past one of his designs in years to come.
Luke always had a passion for architecture, and his studies have allowed him to shape the future of homes and cities.
Time in the studio was always positive and enjoyable, even when things got stressful it was comforting to know you weren’t alone with it.
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