Portsmouth School of Architecture

Our Graduates

We have an enviable reputation for graduate employment, currently 85% in professional employment 6 months after they graduate.  Our ever increasing alumni network shows graduates in internationally renowned London practices, and many employed worldwide contributing to and shaping global practice.  

Though most graduates go on to professional practice as architects, interior designers and construction professionals, many are successful in other fields such as visual artists, musicians, film production and journalism.

Read what some of our alumni have to say. Further graduate news can be found on our course blogs:

Undergraduate

  • Harsh Malhotra
    Harsh Malhotra
    Studied: BA (Hons) Architecture
    Current job: Architectural Assistant, mayaPRAXIS architects, Bangalore, India

    The Architectural program at Portsmouth University became quintessential in addressing my ability towards design. The balance between theoretical and technical teaching helped me in my professional practice.  The inquisitive nature of our faculty on future built form of our cities led me to question the current model of our cities. I got the opportunity to work in urban design projects in India. At mayaPRAXIS architects we dealt with improving the pedestrian infrastructure though projects like Pedestrian bridges, mobility design proposals which gave me great satisfaction. These unique projects, along with my education gathered, resulted in a strong portfolio, which got me accepted at 2 prestigious institutions TU DELFT and COLUMBIA University. I am due to pursue a Master in Architecture and Urban Design at Delft and move to Holland soon. Lessons learned at Portsmouth have been invaluable in me reaching where I am today.

    Lessons learned at Portsmouth have been invaluable in me reaching where I am today.

  • Gajan Panchalingam
    Gajan Panchalingam
    Studied: BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
    Current job: Junior Designer, Jack Morton Worldwide, Munich, Germany

    I am working for Jack Morton Worldwide as Junior Designer in Munich. Jack Morton are a brand experience company, for which the exhibits department (for which I work) is one of many. Other departments range from marketing, graphics, public engagement etc. Examples of Jack Morton's work includes the London New Year's fireworks, opening and closing ceremony of the Olympics and broadcast set design for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, amongst many others.

    My role includes architectural designing for trade-shows, installations, concept development, storyboarding and visualisation. I have worked on huge trade-shows including Ooredoo & Ericsson at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, and developed the main concept and design for a trade-show with Novartis in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and helped model in 3D an installation for their campus in Basel, Switzerland, which was placed for a week in front of the Frank Gehry building.

    I have worked on huge trade-shows including Ooredoo & Ericsson at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, and developed the main concept and design for a trade-show with Novartis in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and helped model in 3D an installation for their campus in Basel, Switzerland, which was placed for a week in front of the Frank Gehry building.

  • Jennifer Brown
    Jennifer Brown
    Studied: BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
    Current job: Heritage Advisor in an architectural practice

    Since graduating from the University of Portsmouth with a Ba(Hons) Interior Design degree, I have gone on to study a MSc in Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes University. I found my passion for historic buildings while studying the history of architecture unit during first year at Portsmouth and this has helped me to realise my career aspirations of becoming a heritage advisor within an architectural practice. The skills I acquired while studying interior design gave me a fantastic basis for starting my Masters degree. The most important thing I learnt while studying at Portsmouth was how to interpret a building and un-pick all the layers to understand a building’s story. I’m currently combining the knowledge I’ve gained through both degrees by writing my dissertation on whether new design insertions into ruins could become an established conservation technique.

    The most important thing I learnt while studying at Portsmouth was how to interpret a building and un-pick all the layers to understand a building’s story… and this has helped me to realise my career aspirations.

  • Laura Burnside
    Laura Burnside
    Studied: BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
    Current job: Architectural assistant at Dannatt Johnson Architects

    My first year as a design and architectural assistant at Dannatt Johnson Architects, has enabled me to connect the theories I learnt throughout university and apply them to professional practice. I have predominately assisted an architect in the refurbishment of a Grade II listed restaurant in Epsom, from design to completion stage. Day to day tasks have varied from furniture schedules and product sourcing to detailed CAD drawings and material specification. Every day has been different and the wealth of knowledge I have been able to absorb in one short year is invaluable. I have also learnt a lot about what type of work inspires me and the sector specialism I would like to develop - I hope to embark on a new chapter over the next few months in a creative practice where there is more freedom to develop and hone my art textile skills in an interior context.

    My first year as a design and architectural assistant at Dannatt Johnson Architects, has enabled me to connect the theories I learnt throughout university and apply them to professional practice.

  • Natalie Crump
    Natalie Crump
    Studied: BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
    Current job: Assistant Architectural Technologist, Relph Ross Partnership Ltd

    As part of the team, I produce details, NBS specifications, building regulation documents, working drawings, planning documents and other applications for clients. I liaise closely with our clients and contractors, as well as the local councils; I attend client briefing meetings, site supervision meetings (quality control checks), and complete measured surveys. I am learning so much in my first year in the professional world and I have found a practice that is supportive and has the knowledge and experience to allow me to build my understanding and develop my skills. I mostly work on listed building projects that come into the practice such as barn conversions and listed domestic buildings; this was always my goal and passion even at university, so I’m thrilled to have found somewhere which provides me with this opportunity.

    I mostly work on listed building projects, such as barn conversions and listed domestic buildings; this was always my goal and passion, so I’m thrilled to have found somewhere which provides me with this opportunity.

  • Alexandra Dragne
    Alexandra Dragne
    Studied: BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
    Current job: Masters Scenography at Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU Theatre)

    As I have just completed the first year of my Masters degree in Scenography at Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU Theatre). I chose to do a Masters in Scenography because I wanted to develop interests that grew while studying Interior Design at the University of Portsmouth.

    I've been always interested in how the identity of a space can connect with and affect people, how spaces can become ‘performative’, the tactile, haptic experience of space and in non-places or heterotopias: places where we spend a lot of time, but that are not actual locations (trains, a phone call, the internet, a skype conversation).

    The masters course has allowed me to develop as an artist and designer; we attended study trips, work in our own studios, watch and analyse performances and we have worked with tutors who are well known artists, theatre makers and directors – very inspiring! We have the opportunities to complete personal research but also to work on large, live projects and develop designs and installations with the ‘spectator’ in mind – a new experience for me.

    I chose to do a Masters in Scenography because I wanted to develop interests that grew while studying Interior Design at the University of Portsmouth.

  • Stephanie Rousell
    Stephanie Rousell
    Studied: BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
    Current job: Visual Merchandiser and Creative Assistant

    I am currently working as a visual merchandiser and creative assistant within a retail group. My job includes designing and launching new window schemes, creative mannequin styling, product placement and shop floor layouts – all designed in response to seasonal trends. I have also been lucky to support the openings of new stores across England working with the creative teams and I was nominated to support the launch of the Spring/Summer 2014 trends for the ‘model store’ layouts.

    I was able to choose retail design as my research subject for my dissertation when studying at the University of Portsmouth and having this background knowledge has helped me to get work in this field. The Interior Design course gave us a clear understanding of what businesses and are looking for from graduates and our own strengths and weaknesses – this knowledge has helped me to push for the job I have always dreamed of and I haven’t looked back … I am truly grateful for this.

    I was able to choose retail design as my research subject for my dissertation when studying at the University of Portsmouth and having this background knowledge has helped me to get work in this field.

  • Postgraduate

  • Nick Crowley, ARB
    Nick Crowley, ARB
    Studied: Master of Architecture
    Current job: PK Arkitektar (Iceland)

    Whilst at Portsmouth I was able to study abroad through the Erasmus programme, spending a year in Paris.  Following gradation I worked for BDP and Architecture PLB, switching to the then relatively stable retail sector when the crash hit.  I dealt with a wide range of clients from Hollister to Apple and finally for Sainsburys as their in house Architect.  Last year we made the jump and moved to Iceland, where I now work at PK Arkitektar in the centre of Reykjavik.  Portsmouth to me was a real practice friendly course and gave me through the wide range of philosophies and backgrounds of its tutors the best and broadest understanding of what architecture and being an Architect is about, and helped to give me the confidence to tackle the wide ranging challenges my career has given me.

    Portsmouth... was a real practice friendly course and gave me... the best and broadest understanding of what architecture and being an Architect is about, and... the confidence to tackle the wide ranging challenges my career has given me.

  • David Holden
    David Holden
    Studied: Master of Architecture
    Current job: Working under Terry Farrell

    My studies for Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture led me to develop strong technical and design abilities.  After graduating I was offered employment in Hong Kong with an internationally renowned architectural practice, working on projects in Qatar, China and Hong Kong. Returning to London for my Part 3 I am currently working under Terry Farrell on a challenging masterplan in London. When qualified as an Architect I will be returning abroad to either Malaysia or India, working on the "fun stuff”.

    My studies for Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture led me to develop strong technical and design abilities.

  • Pippa Jacob
    Pippa Jacob
    Studied: Master of Architecture
    Current job: Nicholas Jacobs Architects

    I completed my qualifications at Portsmouth School of Architecture and am an architect living and working in East Anglia with a passion for sustainable construction, an interest developed whilst at Portsmouth. During my training I gained experience in practices on the South Coast and in Suffolk and now work at Nicholas Jacob Architects. I love working in architectural practice, I am an active member of RIBA Suffolk and currently am expanding my knowledge of the restoration of historic buildings.

    I love working in architectural practice... and currently am expanding my knowledge of the restoration of historic buildings.

  • Vinesh Pomal
    Vinesh Pomal
    Studied: Master of Architecture
    Current job: Architect at Levitt Bernstein Architects

    Portsmouth has always been a strong advocate of context ..the school also places a strong emphasis on the profession of architecture as a business and allows students to engage with practice and live projects…. teaching you the most important skill that’s required as an architect – communication.  These skills have benefited me immensely. I’m currently working on three sites in London overlooking the River Thames providing residential accommodation for the elderly. The project, requires numerous design workshops and consultation events to be held …It’s a challenging project but the communication and design skills that I’ve been taught and acquired over the years at Portsmouth School of Architecture have been invaluable.

    It’s a challenging project but the communication and design skills that I’ve been taught and acquired over the years at Portsmouth School of Architecture have been invaluable.

  • Derek Williams
    Derek Williams
    Studied: Master of Architecture
    Current job: DMWA Architects

    The course exceeded my expectations, and challenged the preconceptions that I had developed working in practice.  Portsmouth successfully balances the fine line between the theoretical side of architecture with the practical, and enabled me to develop an individual approach to design.  Following employment with John Pardey Architects, a prestigious, design led practice, I have now formed a small successful practice (DMWA) with two former colleagues. Studying at Portsmouth has placed me in a good position to run an Architectural practice and I would recommend this career path to anyone with a passion for design and an aspiration to challenge themselves.

    Portsmouth successfully balances the fine line between the theoretical side of architecture with the practical, and enabled me to develop an individual approach to design.