Architecture is the ideal interface between reality and imagination, says Master of Architecture (Professional) student Isaac Sweetapple.
"Architecture isn’t something which is covered at school, so I spent a lot of time researching what it would be like, and found it to be a really good interface between reality and imagination. I’m finding each semester there is something different which captivates me. The courses weaves in other disciplines as well, like urban design, history and heritage conservation.
"I’m from Napier and while I looked at other architecture schools, I felt like I’d probably be most likely to find a job in Auckland after my studies. Coming to the University of Auckland has given me the opportunity to get to know the city and begin networking with potential employers.
“The interaction with industry is really good; the names who have critiqued my work are quite big. It’s very possible you could see your future boss in the hallways.
"Friends who have done study tours overseas tell me that we don’t know how lucky we are with our resources here. I’ve had the chance to make use of the equipment in the workshops, like the robots and welding bay, and the faculty libraries. It’s great to have access to other libraries in the faculty too; I often get books out of the Elam library to assist with projects.
"Talk to other people who have done architecture and ask them questions. Do your research. Find your interest – it could be the science, engineering or artistic aspect of the discipline – and you’ll really enjoy it."