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Before studying MEng Architectural Engineering at the University of Reading, Mark worked as a mechanical engineer in the motorsport industry, but later decided on a change of career.

Choosing to study at Reading

When considering a new career path, Mark knew that he wanted to utilise his previous engineering skills and knowledge. After looking into architectural engineering courses in more detail, he discovered that MEng Architectural Engineering at Reading could combine his existing engineering skillset with his interest for architectural and building design.

After establishing that architectural engineering was the career path I wanted to pursue, finding out that the University of Reading ranked very highly for its courses in the School of the Built Environment made my decision very easy!”

The learning experience

On the four-year MEng course, students develop a fundamental understanding of renewable energy technologies, urban microclimates and energy management. Above all, Mark expressed a significant appreciation for inclusive design.

Studying inclusive design opened my eyes to the broad range of disabilities that need to be considered when designing buildings. Making subtle design changes can make huge differences to the lives of people living with disabilities. The teaching we received was a treasure trove of information, including guest speakers who talked about the difficulties of living with a disability. Inclusive design includes not only the physical structure, but also textures, colours, lighting, acoustics etc.

Mark has enjoyed various topics on the course, including numerical modelling and programming; computer-aided design (CAD); and architectural design. One particular highlight was the Construction Live Project, which gives students the opportunity to experience the challenge of managing and building a real construction project in collaboration with academics and industry professionals.

“It was a two-week project consisting of research, planning and scheduling, followed by a practical build of a nine-metre tall concrete replica of the Barcelona Tower in Norfolk. This experience highlighted exactly what a real construction project entailed, including the importance of detailed planning and teamwork.”

Thinking ahead

Graduates from the MEng Architectural Engineering course are well placed to pursue a career in a wide range of roles, such as energy engineer, building designer, facility manager/engineer, project manager and construction manager.

Looking ahead to beyond graduation, Mark is keen to work on sustainable architecture projects.

New technologies and materials that can help reduce our carbon footprint interest me, so this is where I would like my focus to be. The exact role and position are still to be decided!

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