BA Architecture – Student Profile – Natasha Ho

What attracted you to studying at Kent?
The course was the first thing that made me apply to Kent; I was attracted to the variety of subjects it covered.  Kent School of Architecture is placed at the centre of a great campus and after visiting other universities I decided historical Canterbury was the perfect setting for me to be studying Architecture.

Why did you choose to study architecture?
I have always taken a keen interest in art, design and particularly drawing and grew up visiting a lot of design museums and it was the buildings which inspired me.  After leaving school I travelled widely in Thailand and Singapore.  The contrast of these two cultures and the effects of the differing built environments further enhanced my interest and passion for architecture.  Architecture affects the way we live and behave, and this still inspires my studies now.

What skills have you already learnt whilst studying architecture?
The great thing about the course at Kent, is that whilst it is keen to further student’s development in the world of 3D visualisation and BIM it still very much encourages hand-drawing and model-making.  I have learnt such a wide variety of presentations skills, both verbal and drawn, including technical hand-drawing, computer-modelling and how to present to a client.

What are you enjoying most about university?
I have met some great people over the last three years and really enjoyed learning and discovering new interests.  The studio culture at Kent School of Architecture is one which I am sure no student will forget – I love my course but unfortunately if you study Architecture it seems to be the trend that you live and breathe it!

What do you think about the level of support in your studies?
Kent School of Architecture has no shortage of staff who are willing to help you out in times of crisis – many tutors are willing to meet outside of contact hours where possible, and the workshop and studio staff are so enthusiastic and keen to help out.  Even if a tutor is not around, there is always someone available to assist you.  The teaching varies from one-to-one tutorials to group seminars and lectures all of which enable dynamic learning.