I know life can be unpredictable but if you told me when I was a kid that I would be studying architecture in the nation’s capital, I would have assumed you got lost on your way home from the pub. I grew up in a small community in the Northern Territory where our biggest worry was how long it was till the weekend and where we would go camping next. This laid-back lifestyle was shared by the whole town and was an amazing and unique place to live.
Just before starting high school my family and I uprooted and moved to central west NSW. Seeing the variety and complexity in buildings around town alongside our trips to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra started my interest in architecture. Although I was interested in pursuing a career, I could never see myself heading to university, No one in my family had ever been before and I thought this was out of reach. The following years I spent working in finance and mechanics before I had an opportunity to work as a draftsman in a mixed disciplinary firm. This was the point I made the decision to make the jump and apply to university and commit to architecture.
Fortunately, I was accepted to University of Canberra and never looked back taking advantage of everything that was on offer. Design Canberra festival’s in first and second year, international competitions, drafting for local businesses, coding through Michigan university and tutoring first year digital here at UC. I loved my time at UC and lookforward to what the coming years have to offer.