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Second Year Model

Model Making


Final year - Final model at 1:50

Model Making

Model making has been something I have always enjoyed doing throughout my time as an architecture student at Oxford Brookes. I have been able to create a variety of models at different scales and test different materials. In this period, I have grown to understand the importance of modelling throughout all the different design stages, from testing early conceptual ideas, to final models expressing internal qualities and atmosphere.


Digital Representation

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I am experienced in Adobe Indesign and work well with Photoshop and Illustrator. I have used both tools to develop my portfolio. Indesign enables me to design my own layout whilst Photoshop and Illustrator help me to edit photos and render drawings. Whilst at university, I enjoyed working with Rhino and SketchUp to develop and model in 3D, and often combine this with AutoCAD when drawing in 2D. The use of digital media has helped me to improve my understanding of design, and also the technological aspects of my buildings.


IG: @JULIAFARIAPHOTOS

Photography

My interest in photography started as a hobby when I was still in school. Now, it has become a constant companion, allowing me to register interesting structures and architectural styles, and to capture the effects of light and shadow on buildings, which can later be used as reference for my projects.


Construction

My second year design unit was given the brief to design a hub for ‘The Hill’, Oxford’s Health Innovation Lab at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The idea was to design a place that would bring doctors, nurses, patients and staff together to discuss improvements to the hospital and the quality of healthcare. At the end of the year, we spent two weeks constructing the main elements (trusses, roof elements and a lantern) of our design. As part of the brief, we had to produce a design diary where we would take note of every single part of the process. This was the first time that Oxford Brookes School of Architecture did something like this and it was a privilege to be part of it.


The fact that this was a design and build project, where we would construct the elements ourselves, encouraged us to think of design in a more practical manner, and to research thoroughly the different materials, structure types, joineries and niches. This considerably improved buildability. This project not only taught me how to think in a more practical and logical way, to improve the buildability of my own projects, but it also taught me how to work in a team.


Photos by: Julia Faria, Jack Lehane, Callum Drummond

The design and build project for a coconut oil processing facility in the remote Fijian island of Batiki was an immersive and truly unforgettable experience. Batiki is only reachable after a three-hour boat ride from the main island of Suva. All construction materials had to be transported by boat and unloaded onto smaller boats before being brought onshore and then carried to site. Project team members, representing 12 different nationalities, took up lodgings with the local families, taking all meals with them. This created a very closely knit group and made for a very rich cultural exchange between team members and the community. This was a very hands-on project, which had to be undertaken with basic tools and completed to a very tight schedule. It gave me practical experience of construction methods and of how to find solutions on the spot. The immersion in a foreign culture, with a completely different way of life, was a particularly gratifying experience.

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