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Dear Sir/Madam, My name is David Sheridan, I am 25 years of age and am currently studying architecture in the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow. I am writing with regards to the possibility of working in your office this year, to gain experience in a practice environment in between my studies. I have a degree in Architectural Technology from the Dublin Institute of Technology in which I was awarded a 2.1 and I am currently in my third year of a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the Glasgow School of Art. Previously I spent three months working for a well-known and award-wining practice in Dublin and gained excellent experience as an assistant architect. Once I receive my Part I qualification in June I wish to take a year in which to gain more practical experience until I return to university at the beginning of September 2014 to begin my Part II. I would be privileged to work in your practice to broaden my knowledge of the profession and gain valuable working experience. I understand that due to the current economical climate there may be little amount of work available, but I am open to any duration of employment as I believe it is essential in my development as an architectural student. I am a very hard-working and dedicated person, who thrives on the opportunity to be given a challenge and do my upmost to complete it to the best of my ability. I enjoy working, and am rarely phased or overwhelmed by large workloads. Similarly I am used to working to deadlines and always ensure that I keep on top of my work from the beginning to ensure this. This is largely due to my educational experience, as both in the degree I have completed and the degree I am currently studying the workload is extremely high, and strict deadlines are regular and heavily enforced; but also due to my professional experience where I worked on a number of projects at planning and tender/construction stage. I would appreciate if you could take the time to consider me as a potential addition to your practice this year and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

David Sheridan (Please find attached a cv, reference and folio)


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For the Water project I chose to design a hydrotherapy spa for pre and post-natal women. The site is located on the grounds of Culzean Castle in Ayrshire in Scotland, between a lake and the sea; in an area of dense forest. I want to create a sanctuary of health and well being for women who are both going and have just gone through pregnancy; to provide physical and mental respite from the stress and strain of carrying a child. I want the user to feel both isolated from the outside world yet immersed in nature, for they are going through the most natural experience of human life. l o n g

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The Salt project was situated in the coastal town of Saltcoats, 50km south-west of Glasgow. The town owes its name to its history of salt making using salt pans and cottages along its coast. The project was ‘commissioned’ by Peacock Salt, a local company who have the intention of producing artisan salt in the town of Saltcoats, using blackthorn-branch filled Graduation Towers; a traditional European method of salt production. The complex would also include a visitor’s centre/museum, café and salt inhalation rooms. For this project we were first to do a town study, and use this research to inform the buiildings and how they react to the site in a way which benefits the town. I developed the existing development plan for the town to create a ‘cultural quarter’ in which the towers and complex would be a focal point. s i t e

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This project was located in the town of Inveraray, 100km northwest of Glasgow. We were to design a residential and commercial building which incorporates four dwellings and a workshop for a sculptural artist. The site is located at the junction of the two main routes through Inveraray, Main Street and The Avenue, at the southern threshold of the old town. It’s location by the shore of Loch Fyne also gives it tremendous views across the lake. I wanted to design a building which had a strong heavy form, yet was permeable to pedestrians passing through. I wanted it to be a sculptural piece to enhance the southern entrance to the town. Its form is based on both the work of Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida and the Scottish Tower House so as to relate to its function and location. It is brick construction with vertical circulation concealed within its large diaphragm walls. These deep walls enhance the heaviness of the building from the inside. s i t e

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I have completed a degree in Architectural Technology from the Dublin Institute of Technology where I was awarded a second class honours (2.1). Here are several examples of my work from this course but also some subsequent detailing I have done as part of my B.Arch degree at the Mac.

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