Anya Bell

Being a graduate of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies gave Anya Bell the opportunity to work on a variety of scaled designs and projects for leading New Zealand architectural firm Jasmax.

Key facts

Career: Registered architect at Jasmax (Christchurch)
Programme: Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Master of Architecture (Professional)*

"I didn’t really have an idea of what I wanted to do when I left school, all I knew was that I really enjoyed fine arts and graphics. It was during a conversation with my father that architecture first came up. Once I arrived at that decision I could see that I had always been creative and constructed objects for my dolls and toys as a child.

"I spent a few weeks working on a portfolio for my application, and I would advise people thinking about studying architecture to always check out the institution you’re interested in. Speak with students about their experiences, and also try and visit architecture firms to see what they do.

"I thoroughly enjoyed university. The ability to make, being able to be creative and produce a form of art on a daily basis was one of the most enjoyable aspects of my university experience. Also, some of the friendships I formed during those years are still key relationships I treasure today.

"I have had the opportunity to work at both the Auckland and Christchurch Jasmax offices. I have worked on a variety of scaled projects and designs. It is a lot of fun and very stimulating learning so much on a daily basis. I am comfortable with what I am earning and my potential for growth."

*To become a professional architect, you must complete the Master of Architecture (Professional) or one of our associated combined masters programmes, followed by additional requirements from the registration boards.