Acoustics is a specialist discipline in architecture and engineering. Consultancies are small, but we are always looking out for talented people from any architectural or engineering background. The diversity of projects is huge, so we employ a diverse range of people! My study in the Faculty of Architecture's acoustics and audio research group was fantastic and I would recommend it to everyone.
The intensives were just that; intensive. Even if you just do one or two units as non-award, they are a great opportunity to gain an understanding of core concepts. You can’t ask for more than the architecture, engineering and science mix you get from a building services program. It is interesting, challenging and a lot of work, but ultimately a really rewarding experience.
I come from an entertainment lighting background, the majority of which is based on information handed down by informal on the job training which is fine but I wanted a more formal, defined education in Illumination Design. The convenience of the time table was extremely appealing as the lectures are run in intensive mode so you’re only required to attend four days of class per unit. As someone who works full time this allows for minimal interference with work compared to weekly night classes or other conventional arrangements.
I come from a small family in Costa Rica, and I’ve always been a greenie”! So, as I studied architecture, I started to discover this stream of “Sustainable Design” and was more than sure that it was the stream for me. So far this degree has taught me how much we can do as architects, designers and planners to create a more sustainable built environment. It’s amazing when you learn the huge impact the built environment (the one us designers are responsible for) can have on climate change.