Congratulations to our team member Will Whiter, who recently qualified as an architect, having completed his Architectural Practice and Management Diploma at Newcastle University. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to find out a bit more about Will and his passion of architecture.
Why did you choose to study architecture/landscape/interior?
Initially it was probably Lego! I used to love making things, whether it was whittling bits of wood, or making models with my dad! Then when I was about 12, my parents initiated a major refurbishment project of our family home, and I was completely fascinated by it. I loved interacting with the architect, and was inspired by his ability to come up with ideas for our home. I also visited Italy as a kid, which was a major source of inspiration.
What is your favourite building?
At the moment probably the new Switch House at the Tate Modern in London. I visited it recently and it blew me away. It has such an interesting relationship with the outside for an art gallery, and I’ve never seen brick used in such a way. It also has a fantastic circulation that feels quite natural despite its form. Another amazing place, a few hundred yards from the Switch House, is the Millennium Bridge. As you walk up it, there’s a platform from which you can see the river below, the bridge stretching out in front of you, busy with people, and then St Paul’s in the distance. It’s an amazing snapshot of the city.
What books do you have on your bedside table?
I’m currently reading a book called ‘I Found My Tribe,’ by Ruth Fitzmaurice. It’s about finding your place in the world, and discovering solace from unexpected sources. And a Chelsea FC programme!
What have you seen on recent travels that inspired you?
I recently visited Split and Hvar in Croatia, and it was incredible. I love car-less cities, and its great to experience a way of life that revolves around your local community. Although they are getting slightly diluted by tourism, you still get a real feel for the local culture and way of life. Since moving to Scotland, I’ve also tried to explore as much of the natural landscape as possible! I think Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world.
What advice would you give to architectural students?
Find your niche! No matter how unusual or distantly related to architecture, find that silly little thing you’re passionate about! Out of the blue I discovered I loved casting plaster, and it led to a whole new understanding of material; both in terms of making things, and in terms of touch and feel! But it can be anything; acoustics, space stations, food, animals!
Also, make sure you try as much as possible to enjoy your final year at university. It’s probably the last chance you’ll get to manufacture a project based solely around your interests and passions.