Antoinette climbs architectural career ladder

May 6, 2016 / 

Antoinette Martin joined CCD in 2008 and spent 5 years as an apprentice studying for qualifications including a National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment and a Higher National Diploma.

Antoinette is now a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and is set to further her passion for architecture by starting a degree in Architectural Technology at London South Bank University. We asked her a few questions about what it’s like to study to be an Architectural Technologist:

Q: Tell us about the degree course?

A: The degree will build on the skills I’ve gained over the past five years. My apprenticeship as well as the training I’ve already done means I can complete the degree in one year rather than three. The course covers topics including design, architectural practice management and sustainable construction. I’ll also complete a research project which will be like my dissertation.

It’s mainly classroom studying which I can do on island by attending the Guernsey College of Further Education one day a week – but I’m sure I’ll be busy studying in my own time too!  I’ll finish the course by January 2017 and graduate in the July.

Q: What are you most looking forward to?

A: I was most looking forward to the design aspect of the degree. The first module, which we have now completed, involved designing a scheme for Leale’s Yard on the Bridge and it had to be mixed use, so it was quite fun researching different types of uses we could fit into the development and then the arrangement of the buildings!

Q: How has your time at CCD prepared you for the course?

A: I think having 7 and half years’ experience at CCD prior to undertaking this degree will help considerably. I’ve already noticed this with the current module that I am working on where I’m required to produce construction details. If I was doing the degree straight from school I would have no understanding of this and it would be considerably more challenging. I’ve chosen to push myself by designing a commercial building, which is outside of the normal domestic projects I tend to be involved with so I’ve had to do a lot of research into detailing this building type, but my background knowledge and experience has really helped.

Q: You’re already a qualified architectural technologist, what made you want to further your studies?

I wanted to carry out the degree to achieve more qualifications having completed my apprenticeship, and being able to do this within one year, it was just too good an opportunity to miss.

Q: What are your future plans after completing your degree?

I’m unsure at the moment. I’m particularly interested in 3D computer modelling and the production of visual presentations for clients and the Planning Department. So I do know I’d like to develop these skills further in the company and become CCD’s ‘go-to’ person for 3D within the business.