Joshua Allington, a 2015 master’s graduate, has always held a keen interest in design, taking up the chance to study architecture in order to combine both creativity and technical challenge. “I did a bit of research, and with UCLan Architecture being a new programme, it was exciting to be part of the cohort who could help decide the direction of the course,” said Joshua.
Currently working as an Architect at Glenn Howells Architects in Birmingham, Joshua tells us how he got to this point in his career, setting an example of how working alongside your studies can be beneficial. “I have completed both my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UCLan, during my Part I year out I was working at the Dome House in Bowness, at one of the houses which featured on Grand Designs. During my Part II, I was working two days a week during the last 18 months of my master’s, helping develop the grounds of two hotels in the Lake District, so after graduation I went straight into working full-time with them.”
In his present job, Joshua’s everyday duties include co-ordinating internal and external teams, developing and designing key elements of the building fabric, speaking with external suppliers and integrating subcontractor design information. Joshua is currently designing and delivering ‘The Mercian’, a 42-storey Private Rented Sector (PRS) scheme for his client Moda Living, which is scheduled to be completed in 2022. He is proud to be working on this prestigious project, set to be Birmingham’s tallest residential scheme to date.
The end of year Degree Show is what creative students at the university work towards in their final year, and Joshua shares this experience as one of his lasting memories. “One of my favourite memories was standing back after all the hard work over the years, at our end of year exhibition and just soaking in what we had all achieved. I have met some great people through my time at UCLan, some friends for life! They made my experience of UCLan even better than I could have imagined.”
Speaking about his experiences during his time at university, Joshua explains how the skills he has learnt whilst studying Architecture at UCLan have prepared him for working in such a fast-paced practise. “I always had a good work ethic and have been very determined but UCLan helped me develop the skills to work smarter as well as faster. It made the transition from education to full-time employment that little bit smoother.”
He also praises the tutors on the Architecture course, thanking them for their help and support. “One of the best components of the course is your exposure to talented tutors, UCLan has one of the best student to tutor ratios and it can really help you develop your architectural talent.”
For anyone looking to study Architecture or already studying and wanting to do something similar to Joshua, he has some great advice. “Architecture is a fantastic degree, even if you don’t end up wanting to become fully qualified, the degree teaches you to be quite dynamic and can enter several different careers paths. You learn a wide range of skills, which can stand you in good stead no matter what profession you want to enter. You learn how to present your ideas, develop graphic skills and best of all you don’t need to be able to draw! As long as you can find a medium for communicating your ideas you’ll do great.”