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BSc Architecture graduate, Adam Dobson, explains how he was able to design with a "purpose" at the University of Reading and how the facilities and learning environment supported him.

Dedicated facilities

Students choosing Architecture at Reading benefit from seven-day-a- week access to a dedicated creative design studio, along with their own desk and space in the studio. 

“The studio environment was a key factor when choosing where to study. There is a very strong team environment at Reading, where everyone knows everyone, with interactions across all year groups. It is more than just a space to study, it is a community where we often go out and eat together, go back to the studio to play music and carry on working."

Inspiring academics

Students at Reading can benefit from being taught by an excellent team of staff – specialist design tutors, including academics and practitioners – who are internationally recognised for their research and for their architecture, and who are passionate about sharing their knowledge. 

“The wealth of knowledge each tutor brought to their module, made Reading an exciting place to study. When it came to construction, Dr John Harding's support and contribution was invaluable." 

On working with John, Adam says: 

“His experience and background in engineering and construction helped enormously. When confronted with an idea or problem he would help to resolve the issue and relate it to how it would work in practice.

"He was always willing to go above and beyond with an alternative, more complex and architecturally interesting approach that would challenge, but ultimately enhance your project. The student to staff ratio is very good and the academics always have the time to help." 

Architecture students are given an interdisciplinary approach to learning and form part of the School of the Built Environment, learning from academics like Dr John Harding.

Following a passion in stadium architecture

Adam was recognised with two Chancellor's Awards in his time studying at Reading, an award that celebrates students achieving the highest results in their subject at the end of either their first or second year of study. 

Adam credits this to designing with a 'purpose'. 

"I have always been interested in stadium architecture and Reading supported me in my decision to write my dissertation on this subject. The embodied potential for a stadium to be the catalyst for urban regeneration is huge and therefore my research began by outlining how these structures can be used to benefit the surrounding communities. 

"With the support of the staff and a combination of my dissertation, a tailored portfolio and final degree grade at Reading, I was fortunate enough to get my dream job at AndArchitects, a sports specialist firm. I am currently involved with three stadium projects and applying the same approach and belief that I referred to in my dissertation." 

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