Portsmouth School of Architecture

Undergraduate

Undergraduate

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.