Student Profiles – Interior Architecture
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Bachelor of Architectural studies, specialising in Interior Architecture
Growing up in Tokyo, Charlotte Hughes-Hallett was exposed to the city’s incredible architectural innovation. This influenced her to enrol for in an architecture degree on a purely impulsive decision.
“I consider myself a third culture kid. I was born in Sydney and my parents are Australian and New Zealand citizens. My father’s career took us to Tokyo, Japan where I completed all my education. After graduating high school I wanted to get a better understanding of my own cultural background, and I found myself studying in New Zealand.”
Charlotte says the Faculty’s diversity of nationalities among staff and students has been a particular inspiration to her.
“Being exposed to various cultures has fostered my global awareness and cross-cultural understanding, which is imperative in this field. In fact I’m currently looking to study abroad in either Germany or the United States in the exchange programme offered by Victoria.”
After exploring various subjects in her first year, Charlotte found Interior Architecture was her calling.
“I love how through understanding and exploring sensibility in space design you can begin to manipulate the human activity subject within its boundaries.
“Interior Architecture is so much more complex than just designing volumes, it’s about making conscious design decisions regarding colours, materials, lighting, shapes and form to create an innovative experience that challenges the relationship between form and function.”
Charlotte describes Wellington as an amazing city to study and live in as a student.
“It is a very compact cosmopolitan city. The energy emitted by the city is infectious and I truly believe that Wellington has heightened by passion for design and innovation.”
Charlotte advises to anyone enrolling in Architecture to be true to themselves.
“It is not about being the best, choose a discipline that you are interested in and willing to devote time to, then the skills and knowledge you need will come freely.”
University provides a platform to play with potential and push the boundaries, says third year Giorgio D’ausilio.
“University is a place to experiment and be as creative as possible. My advice to future students would be push the brief and develop your work to reflect your identity.”
Giorgio was specifically drawn to Interior Architecture at Victoria because of the discipline’s attention to detail.
“The programme allowed me to rethink my design strategy and approach, and pushed me to focus on human emotion and the atmospheric qualities of interior space.
“The courses have been intense, but I’ve gained so much knowledge and it has been a huge learning curve. The work really becomes beneficial as you experiment with ideas and grasp the latest digital software.”
Giorgio has involved himself in a number of extra-curricular groups, including the Student Architecture Network New Zealand (SANNZ) and the University’s student-based radio station, Victoria Broadcasting Club 88.3 FM.
“Victoria has many great services, like a workshop that lets you work with various machines and create your work. Plus the School’s resources are copious, and this helps develop your style and reflects how you present yourself to the professional world.”
Italian-born Giorgio says Wellington’s size allows students to build a strong network.
“Wellington is a great little city with a sense of close community. It’s easy to get involved in societies and extracurricular commitments by working in a hub like Te Aro.”
Giorgio plans to continue on to complete his PhD at Victoria.