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Alexander — Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management
Why did you choose to study built
From a very young age I loved building
with Lego and Meccano, which evolved
into a passion for design and an acute
understanding of building and
renovating. You could say I was born
into it, in fact, as my family has always
been involved in property — in particular renovating and
What was the best thing about your course?
The double degree gave me a holistic understanding of the
methodology of construction and the nature of various facets
of the construction industry, while also ensuring a solid design
understanding, which underpins the architectural units.
What was the worst thing about your course?
The worst part would have to be the long nights and lack of
sleep endured when producing various architectural projects
and assignments, such as building models.
What did your course involve?
The make-up of the various units I undertook ranged from
standard lectures and tutorials to studio and design
collaboration work. There was no direct work experience
involved within the double degree, although it was
Have you found work in your field?
I have recently accepted a position at an international
company that has placed me into a large public organisation
for 12 months acting as a construction manager working on
various projects around Victoria. This opportunity arose
through my network of friends in the industry — something
that I take great pride in maintaining. It was through a
personal recommendation that I was offered an initial
interview that was followed up by a secondary interview, after
which I was offered the role.
What advice would you give to students considering
studying built environment?
Dream big, but make sure you ask for help along the way.
Sometimes it’s really tough but there is always light at the end
of the tunnel, so always remember to have a laugh and enjoy
life outside of university. In terms of making connections and
gaining employment, I’d suggest that you try and work with
different people on group assignments and attend uni events,
but also make sure your friends know what you do and if you
are in fact looking for a job. I make an effort to have a meal
with a few mates from uni that I otherwise would have lost
track of — I think that it’s important to build on these
relationships because we are like-minded and in similar
industries. Social media tools such as LinkedIn and Facebook
could also provide a platform to maintain these relationships.
Have you completed further study?
I’m currently completing a master of architecture. This is
partly due to the qualification structure within architecture,
where a masters is required for professional registration, but
I’m also hoping that furthering my education will open more
doors in the industry, particularly overseas, which is a great
motive as I love to travel.
The student body and graduate ratings
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tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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