Group 08
MAKE BUILD

Our Partner, The Make Bank, tackles creative poverty amongst youth in the UK by distributing materials and creatives kits. Tackling the issue of "the unknown" that comes with applying to Architecture School, our project aims to produce a series of videos & tutorials for young students thinking of studying the subject by telling personal stories of our journey and developing 101 Architectural Skills videos. As a result, this will essentially help to build a portfolio and give an overview of the subject. More information about our Collaborator can be found on their website themakebank.org.uk. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @the_makebank and Facebook @themakebank

Trisha P / Xiaowen L / Qixian Z

MEET THE TEAM!

CAMERON SMITH
MArch Year 05
Atelier : USE
BArch
Oxford Brookes University

IN PRACTICE
I worked for two years in two different practices. The first year I worked at a small 6 person practice in Liverpool called Craig foster architects, here I mainly worked on shopping centres and a large series of gas fired power stations. My second year is worked for Donald Insall associates, a large national practice with around 130 people spread over a number of offices around the UK and specializing in historic buildings. I worked in the Chester office and mainly worked on, a grade 2 listed hotel on the banks of the river dee in wales and a housing scheme within the listed gardens of an old manor house.

INTERESTS IN ARCHITECTURE
I'm interested in architecture designed closely around its programmatic function and creative use of technology, materials and detailing. Favourite buildings are the house for Essex by fat & Greyson perry and Querini Stampalia palace by Carlo Scarpa

OUTSIDE OF ARCHITECTURE
I enjoy walks in the countryside and do photography whilst on them. I am also keen on sailing and kayaking. Gardening tends to be stress reliever. I have fun cooking different dishes as well.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 22:07
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ELISABETH FROSHBIER [ LIBBY ]
MArch Year 5
Atelier : PRAXXIS
BArch
Oxford Brookes University

IN PRACTICE
After having worked at Paddock Johnson during the summer of my second year, I then returned for another year post graduating from oxford Brookes. Whilst at paddock Johnson I mainly worked on social housing projects.

INTERESTS IN ARCHITECTURE
My interests within architecture include using hand drawing as an exploration process. Further to this, understanding that architectural language can often be exclusive by nature, I enjoy finding alternative means to communicate architectural ideas.

OUTSIDE OF ARCHITECTURE
My interests outside of architecture include a variety of needle work. I enjoy sewing, knitting and crocheting in my spare time. I take pleasure in hiking in the outdoors as well.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 22:08

MEET THE TEAM!

OLIVER MEADS
MArch Year 05
Atelier: USE
BArch
Manchester School of Architecture (common ground)

IN PRACTICE
I have worked for Leach Rhodes walker in Manchester on the hotel concept team. I developed feasibility studies, planning proposals and construction drawings for a range of brands such as Motel One, Radisson, Hilton and other independent clients. I have also worked on many private dwellings as a freelance designer.

INTERESTS IN ARCHITECTURE
I’m particularly interested in residential architecture and aspire to run a practice of my own which specialising in bespoke homes and housing schemes.

OUTSIDE OF ARCHITECTURE
I have a passion for art, fashion, design and culture in general. I work as a gallery assistant and picture framer. I also worked as a bartender for many years developing menus and have won cocktail competitions for brands. I also love cars, music and Netflix.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 22:09
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TRISHA PRADHAN
MArch Year 05
Atelier : &rchitecture
BArch
University of Lincoln

IN PRACTICE
I worked at a multidisciplinary firm in Bedford, called Woods Hardwick, for a year. I was part of the residential team and worked on schemes of different sizes for a variety of housing developers. Most of my time was spent using photoshop, AutoCAD and Sketchup to produce masterplans and visuals for these schemes.

INTERESTS IN ARCHITECTURE
My interest in both the creative arts and technical workings of objects lead me to choose to study architecture. Initially I was unaware of the comprehensive nature of the course. Since starting I’ve developed a particular interest in the experiences, emotions and attachments architecture and the built environment evoke.

OUTSIDE OF ARCHITECTURE
I have a particular interest in food and trying cuisines form different cultures and countries whilst also attempting to cook them. I Rock Climb when I can and enjoy taking walks and hikes around built and natural environments. I’m fond of board games and binge watching series and movies whilst doing art related activities on my days in.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 22:12
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XIAOWEN LIANG [ XIAO ]
MArch Year 05
Atelier: USE
BArch
Shanghai Institute of Technology

IN PRACTICE
In my junior year, I was excited to work as an intern in TJAD for a short period of time, which enabled me to have a preliminary understanding of the architecture industry outside the university. The second practice I worked at was Urban Union Design Limited after graduation.

INTERESTS IN ARCHITECTURE
I’ve always had a keen interest to study architecture. I like aesthetics, rationality and curiosity. I enjoy all aspects that are involved the subject. I also enjoy the tiny scales and details that are involved in design.

OUTSIDE OF ARCHITECTURE
I am a curious person by nature, which makes me interested in many things. I particularly enjoy listening to music, singing and playing musical instruments.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 22:14
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ZHANG QIXIAN [ DERRICK ]
MArch Year 05
Atelier : USE
BArch
CSUFT

IN PRACTICE
I have worked in two practices. I first worked at a company called Aeseu for 6 months and worked on the design of a school called new campus of Nanjing Agricultural University. The second practice I worked at was a real estate architectural design company called PTA in shanghai for one year. I was mainly working on high-rise residential buildings design.

INTERESTS IN ARCHITECTURE
I chose to study architecture because as I am a big fan of Le Corbusier. I quite enjoy the process of exploring, designing and creating designs in architecture

OUTSIDE OF ARCHITECTURE
I am a traveller. My dream is traveling around the world, experiencing different culture and interacting with different people as the world is worth exploring. Besides this I am, I am keen on photography. Taking pictures is perfect way to retain fleeting beauty.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 22:15
MEET OUR COLLABORATOR!

KIRSTY THOMAS
MAKE BANK

Kirsty Thomas, a former Art and Design Teacher, is the driven Founder of the Make Bank. Outside of The Make bank she is also the Director and Founder of the design studio Tom Pigeon.

The Make Bank is a social project which addresses issues associated with creative poverty. They enable disadvantaged young people to pursue creative educations and careers. The Make Bank started this journey in 2018 and continues to impact creative lives of the youth throughout the UK.

Website:
https://www.themakebank.org.uk

Instagram : @the_makebank
Twitter: @the_makebank
Facebook: @themakebank
Posted 1 Mar 2021 22:27
-Skills-
Over two weeks we're aiming to make five videos for prospective architecture students from disadvantaged backgrounds. These videos will focus on the following skills, physical model making, sketching, photography, mapping and portfolio. Along the way there will be evening talks from guest speakers on related topics. Through making these videos and engaging with these speakers we will expand our knowledge and skills in these topics and the production and editing of videos.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 23:45
Working alongside the Make Bank, Make Build aims to make the initial access point into architectural education more inclusive by sharing our knowledge and experience through a series of videos. These viceos are aimed at demonstrating how creativity and architecture aren't limited to expensive materials and can be accessed by all.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 23:57