Double degree success at CCD

June 28, 2017 / 

We are privileged to have two extremely hard-working employees who have just finished degrees in Architecture and Architectural Technology all while working full time with us here at CCD.

Amelia Brown graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) in July 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Architecture (RIBA Part One) and is now a trainee Architect at CCD. She has worked with CCD for just over two years while studying towards her Master’s degree and she has now achieved her Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part Two, the second part of a three part course to become a Chartered Architect.

Antoinette Martin is a Chartered Architectural Technologist at CCD. She joined CCD in 2008 where she began her five year apprenticeship. This involved working at CCD four days a week and one day at the College of Further Education. During this process she obtained a National Certificate and Higher National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.  Following her apprenticeship she completed a degree and has achieved a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology.

We asked them a few questions on what it’s like to study and work full-time as well as their plans to further their studies in the future.

What did your degree include and what was your favourite project to work on?

AB: The RIBA Part One course focused on developing architectural design skills so I spent a lot of time in the studio working on design projects. There were lecture based modules on architectural history, theory and technology, and I learnt to use digital design tools for 2D drawing and 3D modelling.  Over the course of the three years we had opportunities to visit buildings by iconic architects such as Le Corbusier, Frank Gehry and Tadao Ando which were inspirational. I most enjoyed the first year of the Master’s course, in which we undertook a project designing a multi-faith centre for Cardiff University and began the dissertation module. While studying and working full time was intense the combination enabled me to draw upon the experience of others in the office which really benefitted my design work, and demonstrated how the skills developed at university are applied in practice. The historic building work I experienced at CCD also inspired my dissertation topic which investigated the sustainability of Guernsey’s local historic vernacular.

AM: Having completed two qualifications during my time as an apprentice with CCD I was able to go straight onto the final year of the degree programme. This final year of the Architectural Technology course included modules built around designing a master plan for rejuvenating Leale’s Yard in Guernsey. This was a group project which was fun as it involved lots of creativity. Another module included developing a building from our master plan to working drawing stage, including technical detailing. The other modules included contract administration, architectural practice management, sustainable construction and a dissertation which focussed on Protected Buildings within Guernsey. The design based modules were the most enjoyable however I did really enjoy contract admin as this is most applicable for my day-to-day work.

Are you planning on working towards any other qualifications/degrees in the future?

AB: In 2018 I intend to embark on the final RIBA Part Three course to qualify as a Chartered Architect. I will be studying for this whilst working at CCD. The (postgraduate diploma) PgDip course at the WSA focuses on professional practice including building contracts as well as legal and economic practices which prepares graduates for taking on a more senior role in project management.

AM: I am not planning on doing anymore degrees! This degree was pretty intense and hard work while working full time so I will be looking to develop my skills with short courses. I am currently most interested in developing my 3D computer modelling skills further and focussing on Building Information Modelling (BIM).

What is your favourite building in Guernsey and why?

AB: The Little Chapel is a building I have always admired. From a young age I enjoyed its magical qualities which stirred the imagination. As my knowledge of architecture developed I began to appreciate the exceptional craftsmanship that went in to its unique design. Having been involved with the repair works CCD has undertaken, it has been fascinating to discover the far from conventional construction methods used! The attention to detail the Little Chapel has is something I will always keep in mind when designing.

AM: This is a difficult question because there are so many! I’d choose Les Bourgs Hospice as I was involved with some aspects of the work with CCD and I thought it was such an interesting building. I like the way it looks relatively small and traditional from the front but includes the larger curved aspect behind the big granite roadside walls. The curved element interests me architecturally and it’s also very practical as it provides attractive rooms with different views for all occupants. I also recently had the experience of having a relative stay there and it showed me what a great place it is and it’s such a lovely setting!