My name is Marcus and I am a second-year student, studying Architecture at the University of Plymouth. The aim of my blog is to explore different topics of a student’s everyday life while dipping in and out of various architectural topics.
My family moved to China when I was 4 years old. This exposed me to a wide range of beautiful Chinese architecture at a very young age. I still have the medal that I got while walking the Great Wall of China and countless photos of me standing in front of mesmerising temples. Even though I was so young, this short period of my life provided me with so many memories.
A year later, we travelled to live in Kuwait in the Middle East. This is where I went to school for 14 years from the age of 5 to 18. Living in Kuwait meant I was also able to see a whole new style of architecture, witnessing over a decade of Kuwait’s architectural development. A fascinating combination of old and new. From the Traditional grand mosques to the simplest of Diwaniyas (place of assembly) Kuwait offers architecture densely packed with history. On the other end of the scale, new buildings such as The Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Museum demonstrate innovative and sleek modern design.
A few summers ago, I went on holiday with my family to New York. Walking down 5th avenue, I was surprised by the variety of architecture from different eras and styles. The sheer scale of the buildings made me feel so small. I felt even smaller when I was standing at the top of the Rockefeller Centre looking down onto the entire city.
I find it really interesting how much architecture influences the way we see the world. When I think of Paris, I think of the Eiffel tower. When I think of New York, I think of the Empire State building. Architecture is a powerful art. It affects our day to day life, the way we feel, the way we communicate and socialize with each other. I think that being exposed to so many different styles of architecture in my early life is the reason why I have fallen in love with the field and why I chose to study it at University.
My first year of university was crammed with events that have created many amazing memories. One of my favourite parts was our architecture field trip to Porto. We studied multiple buildings in terms of a person’s journey throughout the building and the tectonics of the building. It made me think of space and how architects manipulate the way we use it. The trip was also a great way to get to know everyone on the course. We stayed in a cosy hostel in rooms of about 12 students which was great fun. One of the days, we even had time to go surfing on a beach in Porto!
Outside of Architecture, I am part of the University of Plymouth Basketball Club and I occasionally drive down to Newquay for a surf with my flatmates. These are great ways to take my mind off projects and deadlines.
I am excited to see where the next year takes me and all the things I am going to learn.