Blog Post #28 – Reflections & Priorities

Architecture School, Education, Life in General

It’s been a while since I’ve put pen to paper and written something for this blog and it feels like an old friend greeting me as I start to do it again. During the summer lockdown of 2020, I found great joy in writing weekly and getting content out there. I think it did me a great deal of good, firstly alleviating some of the boredom I was experiencing and secondly it lead me to realise that putting yourself out there is not as bad as first expected and people seemed to like what I was writing, or at least I think so!


2021 is looking like a brighter year and I am looking forward to what it will bring, however, I will always be thankful for 2020 and despite the negatives, good really did come out of it for me. The end of 2020 saw me start my journey to become an architect and I now have my first semester under my belt. It was a truly inspiring experience and reinforced my love for architecture. The long nights and hard did not seem like a chore as I was creatively stimulated and genuinely interested throughout. It did however consume me slightly which led to me tailing off in my alternative creative outlets such as this blog and the podcast (Discussed It).


However, over the Christmas break, I was able to look back on that first semester and reflect. Time management and planning is crucial and I want to try and balance my life a little better and bring together all the things I love to do to allow for a far more holistic and sustainable university experience, one of those things being sleep!


This is just me looking back and looking forward, writing and podcast episodes will now sit at the forefront of my mind from now on and you can look forward to me rambling on in the written form fortnightly with a new blog post every other Monday. The other Monday’s a new episode of the Discussed It podcast will be released where Hayden Day and I discuss all there is and invite guests on for insightful and interesting conversations!


I hope everyone has a good start to 2021 so far and I hope it pans out the way you hope it to, we all deserve it!

It’s good to be back!

Episode #013 – Stephen Drew: Architecture Social Interview

Architecture School, Interview, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below.

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more.


Welcome to the thirteenth episode of the Discussed It podcast. This week’s guest is Stephen Drew. Stephen is the creator of the Architecture Social platform which is a community that brings together professionals, employers, students and academics within the architecture and design industry. These individuals showcase their projects, experiences and art as well as allowing employers to share news and job vacancies.

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Stephen will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!


Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Stephen Drew, the Head of Architecture and Design at Macdonald & Company, and the creator of the Architecture Social platform which is a community that brings together professionals, employers, students and academics within the architecture and design industry.
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions and topics that we put over to Stephen to answer. However, throughout the episode, as usual we go slightly off-piste with the conversation.

If you fancy finding out what Stephen had to say in answer to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! We go off on quite a few tangents in this week’s discussion so to hear answers to those bonus questions that arose go and give the episode a listen.


  1. Would you be able to give us some background on yourself and what it is that you do?
  2. Where did your interest in architecture begin and what route did you take to enter the world of architecture?
  3. We’ve spoken to a number of people who have started their own platforms creating content but are still early on in their architectural career. You are a much more established individual in the architecture world, what do you feel this experience adds to your content and brand?
  4. Let’s talk about Architecture Social, your platform, can you tell us a bit more about how this came to fruition? What do you envisage the future to be for the platform?
  5. What is your involvement in the Architects Benevolent Society?
  6. Through your platform, you support job hunting for individuals in the architecture and design industry. I’d like to get your opinion on the effect of COVID on the job market, and how working is going to change going forward? (WFH)
  7. What is the role of ‘technology’ and its implications within the field of architecture
  8. What do you think about the platform LinkedIn, do you think it is a tool that should be utilised by students and professionals?
  9. Leading on from here as someone who is experienced in the recruitment industry, is there great importance in networking?
  10. And how can individuals go about doing that in a time as disruptive as now?
  11. I understand that you have been a visiting critic for the Manchester School of Architecture. Hayden and I have just started our first year of architecture school. Do you have any advice for the both of us?
  12. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
  13. How would you like to be remembered?

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. Of course, when we have a guest on the show we love to invite them to join us in this recurring segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them.

Stephen’s ‘Thing Of The Week’ is the long-awaited release of Cyberpunk 2077 which is being released on 19 November 2020. I think that Stephen is very much looking forward to getting his hands on this game and giving it a whirl. Just taking a brief look at the graphics I can see how it could pique the interest of someone architectural-minded due to the futuristic cities depicted.

I have included the link below if you fancy checking that out!

https://www.cyberpunk.net/gb/e

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was my completitipon of beconing a student member of RIBA after being familarised with this in a lecture of mine. I highly reccomend anyone in an architectural education to sign up. It’s free!

Link below:

https://www.architecture.com/join-riba/free-student-membership

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. His ‘Thing’ his the ‘Walking Tour of Nottingham’ organised by our tutors for our architecture course. It allowed us to get to know the city that we will be studying in for the next 3 years.


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Stephen on the show and I am sure we will have him back on the podcast.

I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine.

Happy listening, everyone!

Blog Post #026 – My Experience Of Freshers’ Week

Architecture School, Education, Life in General

Freshers’ Week 2020 is like none that has ever come before. And, if only that was because it was going to be bigger and better than ever. Due to the COVID, 19 pandemic that has shaken the globe over the last 6 months university students experiences will be very different.

I am speaking as a student is going through this right now. Last week, I arrived in Nottingham to start my 3 years BArch in Architecture. With a car packed full of everything that I outlined in blog post #021 and much more that I missed off the list. Donning my medical mask I get to grips with my new halls of residence, get to meet my housemates and then head off to the shop to stock up on supplies, wearing my mask of course.

Mask wearing is just one of the changes that have been implemented at the university. I do feel that as this is my first year at university so I have nothing to compare the experience to which I think is personally a good thing. However, it has become harder to meet new people outside of your bubbles made up of flatmates or people in your course due to social distancing and the stipulation that you must sit in tables of 6.

Despite all the negativity surrounding the university experience, I enjoyed my freshers week. I got to know my flatmates quickly as well as meeting people from my course. We also managed to get out into the city centre to a few freshers’ events before the 10 pm curfew came in. The highlight of the week was probably going to the Bierkeller which was a fun venue despite the social distancing and tables of 6.

Another thing that I enjoyed over freshers’ week was getting my sports membership, throughout lockdown no leisure facilities were open so I missed going to the gym and getting in the pool. So, I am motivated to make a good habit and stick to a routine of physical exercise. I think this will be important to support my mental and physical health during my university course which is renowned for being time-consuming and stressful.

On the whole, I am enjoying the experience and I am looking forward to seeing what the course brings.

This has just been a reflection post that I feel is capturing a point in my life that I will look back on as an important moment. Now that I have started architecture school my posts will naturally take a shift towards that subject and I am looking forward to writing about my experiences.

To exciting futures.

Episode #012 – Chatroom: Catching Up & Moving On

Architecture School, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 

Welcome to the twelfth episode of the Discussed It podcast. This week we decided not to have a guest on the show and catch up on what has been going on over the last couple of months and look forward to the next stage of our lives at university. Please bear with us as we have a casual conversation about everything as well as brainstorming ideas subconsciously. We hope that you enjoy listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 


This episode, we:

  • Catch up on the last few weeks and look forward to the future 
  • Reveal our ‘Thing’ Of The Week
  • and much more…

‘Thing’ Of The Week

Of course, our ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment returns this week where each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. 

This week Hayden’s Thing Of The Week was: 

“Notion” 

This is something that has been mentioned in previous episodes including our interview with Sana Tabassum. Hayden sounds like he has begun getting his Notion workspace together and hopes it will create an element of organisation which will be useful going forward at university. 

If you want to check out Notion I have included a link below:

https://www.notion.so/

Moving on, my Thing Of The Week was: 

“The GoPro Hero 8” 

This week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week was a new purchase of mine – the GoPro Hero 8. This is a long overdue upgrade from my Hero 3 and I’m looking forward to getting some good footage with this particular camera. This tool may prove integral to some upcoming projects of ours. More to be revealed in the upcoming months. 

I have included a link to this GoPro if you fancy checking it out. 

https://gopro.com/en/gb/shop/cameras/hero8-black/CHDHX-801-master.html


I hope that the show notes have provided that further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. 

Cheers to exciting times ahead, happy listening! 

Blog Post #023 – Building A Second Brain

Education, Life in General, Podcast

This week I am diving into a concept that I have been playing with for the last few weeks. It is this idea of Building A Second Brain, which is a slightly strange idea to grapple with.

I will attempt to do my best to explain the concept and the benefits of Building A Second Brain. The recent interest on this particular concept came about after our podcast episode with Sana Tabassum who is the creator of the to:scale brand. She chose this very concept as her ‘Thing’ Of The Week and pointed us in the direction of a YouTube video by Ali Abdaal. Ali conducted a live stream with Thiago Forte who is a productivity guru and coined this term, ‘Building A Second Brain.

I have included the link to this YouTube video below:

I have also included a link to the podcast episode with Sana as well:


Rather than me attempting and failing to explain the concept, I’ll let Thiago Forte offer you his description.

“It’s about creating a body of knowledge, a treasure chest of wisdom so you’re learning isn’t just for the moment, it’s so that it lasts months and years – for goals so far in the future you can’t even imagine. It’s about building and enriching that knowledge that you are already consuming. If you’ve spent 5/10 hours reading a book, why not save the best bits.”


Thiago Forte goes on to highlight what he believes the benefits of BASB to be:

  1. Personal Learning – The learning aspect of BASB, it makes sense to codify some of the highlights and consolidate that knowledge.
  2. Content Creation – a space to create a range of content
  3. Personal Organisation – general organisation in all aspects of life and reducing stress

I think the general idea behind note-taking in this format is seeing the information that we come across is ‘a stream that you can dip in and out of and worry less about keeping up and preserving every piece of information that is available.’


The aforementioned ‘treasure chest’ can be created in so many different forms. It could written in notebooks and stored safely but I believe for a more effective system you should utilise one of the many computer programs that aim to compile notes and information in a easily accessible organised way.

My personal choice is Notion, Notion is an all-in-one workspace in which you can write, plan and get organised. It allows you to take notes, create tasks and mange projects. However, there are other software’s out there and it is a case of trial and error until you find the one for you. Other software’s include Evernote and Slack.

https://www.notion.so

https://evernote.com/#

https://slack.com/intl/en-gb


When you have your software of choice it is just case of building up this ever growing library of information. Rather than going through the motions when reading a book, take some notes alongside. Synthesise what it is that you are reading and it will allow you to take in more information and think more heavily about what it is you are consuming. I have found that this process is far more thought provoking and I am able to draw more concise conclusions from the subject matter.

Just think in years to come you will be able to go back through your library of information and draw on ideas and thoughts about that obscure book or documentary you watched thanks to a few notes that you made.

I hope that you give Building A Second Brain a go, I can’t see how you will regret the effort. It takes some time at the start but once it becomes a habit then it will become second nature.

Good luck!

Blog Post #022 – My Experiences of Iceland

Life in General, Photography, Travel

Iceland, aptly nicknamed the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’. Thanks to the impressive landscapes equipped with towering volcanoes, geysers, bubbling hot springs and great expanses of lava fields. That explains the ‘Fire’ part of the nickname, the ‘Ice’ is for the glaciers that cover roughly 11% of Iceland’s total land area. 

This is a country that I have had the privilege to visit and I must say it was not what I expected wholly. At times it felt as though I was visiting a planet in outer space rather than a country that sits only 1,367km away from the UK.  As a continuation of a series that began with my experiences in Paris, I will discuss my favourite locations in Iceland whilst showcasing some of my photography of this incredible country. 

Fun fact:  

Fun Fact: Iceland is also known as the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. During June, it is unlikely to experience any darkness at all with the sun never completely setting and rising. This phenomenon is due to the way that the earth circulates the sun in an elliptical orbit. This allows for the Midnight Sun to occur, the Sumarsólstöður (Summer Solstice) is the highest point of the daylight where the sun is up for the full 24 hours of the day, hence the name ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. If you are travelling to Iceland during this month it might be worth packing some eye masks to help you get some shut-eye. 

Let’s get into it with my top 5 locations in Iceland.  


Location #1 – Seljalandsfoss 

I will say this, waterfalls are not a rare sight whilst travelling the length and breadth of Iceland, they’re everywhere! But this particular waterfall caught my attention and in a good way. Seljalandsfoss, towers 200ft high allow water to cascade down into the pool below. The torrent of water is not as impressive as other waterfalls found in Iceland, but its defining feature is a pathway that encircles the waterfall thanks to a wide cavern behind the falls. This allows for a unique experience that makes you feel that much closer to the waterfall itself. 

Prepare to get a little wet when taking a wander along the circular paths thanks to the persistent mist of the falls, this can make the ground underfoot slippery so decent footwear is a must. 

Something I learnt in my further research for this specific location is that the cliff of which the water falls from was once the country’s coastline, hence the naturally formed cavern. The current position of the sea can be seen from the site across an area of lowlands. 


Location #2 – Whale Watching, Reykjavik 

If you thought that Iceland only had incredible landscapes to offer, you would be wrong. The local wildlife is just as impressive as well as having an extra layer of mystery due to the obscurity of some species. For example, whales. Humpback whales to be exact. 

The surrounding waters of Iceland are home to a rich variety of krill and fish, making Iceland an abundant feeding ground which entices 23 species of whale. The most commonly spotted are minke whales, humpback whales and harbour porpoises. The image above is the tail of a humpback whale I spotted. 

Unlike visiting a waterfall or geyser, whale watching cannot offer you a guarantee that you will spot these sea creatures. But if you do, I promise it is worth the apprehensive wait. The tour operators know the best spots to take the boats and have a keen eye for spotting whales breaking the surface.  


Location #3 – Geysir Hot Springs 

Image taken by  Hans Braxmeier

Geysir is Iceland’s most famous geyser located in the Haukadalur Valley. This particular geyser is steeped in history, especially being the one that each geyser is named after. 

A geyser is an outlet in the Earth’s surface that regularly ejects a column of hot water and steam. This natural phenomenon is something I highly recommend seeing at some point due to the sheer power and scale of these events. It reminds you of the impressive capacity that Mother Nature contains. 

Unfortunately, Geysir is now dormant and does not actively erupt as it used to, with eruptions reaching a height of 170m in 1845. Despite this, Geysir’s neighbour, the Strokkur geyser continues to put on quite the show for visitors with an eruption occurring every 5-10 minutes. And once you see the steaming pool begin to bulge, prepare to witness Mother Nature at its best. 


Location #4 – The Blue Lagoon 

Image taken by Veronica Bosley

The Blue Lagoon. This is probably what most people can pin down as a location in Iceland that most tourists make their way to whilst travelling in this incredibly versatile country. And I can see why as it is quite a unique experience that will not be easily forgotten. 

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa that is situated around 45 minutes from the capital city, Reykjavik. The spa itself is situated in a natural lava field and is close to a geothermal power plant. The warm waters of the lagoon are a result of runoff from this power plant. It is not a natural hot spring as many many think despite there being many all across Iceland.

The average temperature of the lagoon is 39℃ which is a nice contrast to the chill of the typical weather of Iceland. The warm seawater is rich in minerals such as silica that are said to have good skincare properties and is what gives the lagoon its milky blue shade. If you fancy toasting the occasion take a visit to the water-side bar or paddle over to the skincare booth for a face-mask. 

This was something on my travel bucket list and I am so glad to have ticked it off and perhaps you will do the same in the future.


Location #5 – The Capital City, Reykjavik 

Image taken by nextvoyage

My final location that made the list had to be the capital city of Reykjavik. When I was in Iceland, I only spent one night in Reykjavik. This meant that I did not get to explore the city extensively, but what I did see I was impressed by. 

Two-thirds of Iceland’s population resides within Reykjavik with a population of 131,136 people. The city is situated on the south-west coast and is the world’s most northernmost capital of a sovereign state. There is a lot to see within this city, here are a couple of locations within the city that interested me. 

The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Hall sits proudly on the harbour and is one of Reykjavik’s most distinguished landmarks. It is seen as a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city. The large expanses of glass in a honeycomb form make up the exterior of the building which is a world away from the simplistic dwellings of the traditional buildings of Iceland. It is an intriguing piece of architecture that immediately captured my attention. 

Image taken by Michelle Maria

Secondly, something that I remember fondly of my visit to Reyjavik was a visit to the Hamborgarafabrikkan which translates to The Hamburger Factory. Nestled within the coastal streets of the city sits this gem of a restaurant. Their concept is seemingly simple, to offer quality hamburgers with a humorous twist. And it was one of the best burgers I have ever had, no scratch that, the best burger I have ever had. If you are visiting Reykjavik I implore you to give this place a visit, good food at a reasonable price. Well, reasonable by Icelandic standard as Iceland is not a cheap place to visit. 


There we have it, my top 5 locations to visit in Iceland in my personal opinion. I will say that despite being there for over a week there was so much more that could have been done, so I shall be revisiting this incredible country at some point. 

Until next time. 

Vertu blessaður! – Goodbye in Icelandic

Episode #011 – Sana Tabassum: to:scale Architecture Community Creator Interview

Advice, Architecture School, Education, Interview, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the eleventh episode of the Discussed It podcast. This week we have a guest joining us on the podcast. Her name is Sana Tabassum. Sana is the founder of the to:scale brand that creates content in the form of blog posts, a magazine and through Instagram in the aim to bring like-minded people together to form a community. Sana is involved in numerous projects that involve individuals across multiple disciplines diversifying her skill acquisition and experience. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Sana will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!


Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Sana Tabassum, the creator of the to:scale brand which is responsible for creating an online archi community through Instagram as well as her brand-new magazine. 
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions and topics that we put over to Sana to answer. However, throughout the episode, as usual we go slightly off-piste with the conversation. 

If you fancy finding out what Sana had to say in answer to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! We go off on quite a few tangents in this week’s discussion so to hear answers to those bonus questions that arose go and give the episode a listen. 


  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit more about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  1. Let’s go back to the start of your architecture education, where did you go and how did you find this initial experience? 
  1. Did you know from the very start that architecture was the thing for you or did that come with time? 
  1. If you could do your first three years again what would you change? What could have been done to prepare yourself for studying architecture prior to entering university? 
  1. The to:scale brand is something that you are well known for. How did this come about? 
  1. What was your vision for this brand when starting off and how has it adapted and changed as time has gone on? 
  1. Architecture is renowned for the time required to be put in to be successful, how have you managed the workload as well as furthering your brand? 
  1. The to:scale brand encompasses a range of outlets such as an Instagram account, a blog and recently the launch of a magazine. Would you be able to tell us a bit about this particular project? 

Notes: 

What encouraged you to create one? 

What are your future plans with the magazine? 

  1. Where do you see the to:scale brand going in the future, do you have any long term goals? 
  1. Following on from this discussion about your brand, how have you found working with other content creators to create the MAD Collective. Would you be able to explain what the MAD Collective is all about and how people can get involved? 
  1. Another topic that I would like to touch upon is that of organisation. How key do you think staying organised is in architecture school?
  1.  I know that you are a big advocate of the program Notion, would you be able to explain what Notion is and how you utilise it? 
  1.  I understand that you’re starting a new job soon, how do you feel about this and where does this job fit in with your journey to become an architect? 
  1. We’ve had a series of architectural guests on the podcast recently with Hamza and Thomas and we asked them the question: If you could sum up architecture school in three words, what would they be?
  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 
  1.  How would you like to be remembered? 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. Of course, when we have a guest on the show we love to invite them to join us in this recurring segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them. 

To kick off the proceedings I will reveal Sana’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. Sana went for two different points. The first was this idea of ‘Building A Second Brain’ which is a concept coined by Thiago Forte who is a productivity guru and essentially is an archive of digital notes which is kept within a program such as Notion or Evernote. 

I really like this idea and I have started to implement its thinking in my own life. I have included a link to a video with Thiago Forte that explains the concept quite nicely. 

Sana’s second ‘thing’ was a project that she has been working on over the last few weeks called the ‘University Real Review Table’ in which they collected responses from graduated students with an honest reflection of their experiences with the work, student support, graduate resources etc. 

I have included the link to this below: 

shorturl.at/hptE1

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was an episode of The Ground Up Show that is hosted by Matt D’Avella where he conducted an interview with James Clear the author of Atomic Habits talking about the importance of developing habits sustainably which I found really interesting. I have included a link to the podcast episode and the book, Atomic Habits. 

https://mattdavella.com/083

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. His ‘Thing’ was the reflection of his trip to Winchester over the last week to see family as it’s his birthday week so Happy Birthday to Hayden. 


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Sana on the show and I am sure we will have her back on the podcast. 

I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

Happy listening, everyone! 

Blog Post #021 – Going Shopping: University Preparation

Advice, Architecture School, Life in General

University is fast approaching and preparations are in full swing. Architecture school is renowned for the amount of equipment that is required to make it through so I have received an extensive equipment list filled with tools that I am yet to learn their function. But, I’m very excited to find out! 

On top of the equipment requirements I am in the process of kitting my university kitchen cupboards, bathroom and bedroom. After an IKEA shop I feel that I’m making progress on this front but more is needed. Whilst deciding what I might or might not need I have been using Notion to create lists to aid my packing up when it comes to it and I thought I would share these lists I have made. 

I decided to organise my lists in categories; kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, documents and electrics. 

Kitchen: 

  • Cook Books 

One that I have found to be quite good is 5 Ingredients – Quick And Easy Food by Jamie Oliver thanks to the speed of preparations and minimal ingredients required.

  • Cutlery 
  • Plates 
  • Bowls 
  • Mugs 
  • Glasses 
  • Knives 
  • Scissors 
  • Tupperware 
  • Bottle Opener 
  • Chopping Board 
  • Kitchen Tongs 
  • Ldle
  • Spatula 
  • Wok 
  • Frying Pan 
  • Saucepans 
  • Measuring Jug 
  • Can Opener 
  • Peeler 
  • Cheese Grater 
  • Whisk 
  • Baking Tray 
  • Oven Gloves 
  • Tea Towel 
  • Weighing Scales 
  • Wooden Spoon 
  • Corkscrew 

Notable Mention: 

A Breville toaster is a worthwhile purchase in my opinion. 

Bedroom: 

  • Duvet 
  • Pillows 
  • Bed Sheets and Covers 
  • Coat Hangers 
  • Laundry Basket
  • Clothes Drying Rack
  • Small Safe 
  • Desk Lamp 

Bathroom: 

  • Bath Towel 
  • Hand Towel 
  • Bath Mat 
  • Hairbrush 
  • Nail Cutters 
  • Tweezers 
  • Plasters 
  • Razor & Shaving Cream 

Documents: 

  • Passport 
  • Driving License 
  • Passport Photos 
  • Debit & Credit Cards 
  • All official university correspondence (acceptance letter, accommodation letter) 
  • National Insurance Number 
  • Details of Current GP 

Electrics: 

  • Laptop & Charger 
  • TV / Monitor with HDMI 
  • Phone & Charger 
  • 3x Extension Leads 
  • Hard Drive 
  • Headphones 
  • Camera & Charger 
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Bluetooth Speaker 

These lists are far from complete but are a start and will hopefully allow me to stay organised and calm when we get closer to the moving date. 

Good luck to everyone who is heading to university this September! 

Episode #010 – Thomas Rowntree: Architectural Content Creator Interview

Architecture School, Education, Interview, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the tenth episode of the Discussed It podcast. This week we have a guest joining us on the podcast. His name is Thomas Rowntree, and he is an aspiring architect that has just completed his first three years at university, graduating with a 1st Class Honours. He has been nominated for the RIBA Bronze Medal and AJ Student Prize awards for his final year thesis. Thomas also runs a Youtube channel in which he documented his progress through architecture school and life in general which is now part of his brand he is building for himself. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Thomas will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!


Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Thomas Rowntree, who is an aspiring architect having just graduated with a First Class Honors. He also runs a highly successful Youtube channel releasing videos showing the full story behind studying architecture.
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions and topics that we put over to Thomas to answer. However, throughout the episode, as usual we go slightly off-piste with the conversation. 

If you fancy finding out what Thomas had to say in answer to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! We go off on quite a few tangents in this week’s discussion so to hear answers to those bonus questions that arose go and give the episode a listen. 


  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit more about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  1. What were your first experiences with architecture and when did you realise it was something that interested you?
  1. When did that interest evolve into passion?
  1. How did you find the transition to university and how did you find architecture as a whole reflecting back on the past three years? 
  1. Is there a specific field of architecture you would like to specify in or is it more likely that you would want to keep a broad scope? Why?
  1. Do you have any advice for those starting their first year in September? Perhaps things that you would change if you did it all over again? 
  1. Firstly, I want to say congratulations on your nominations for the RIBA Bronze medal and AJ Student Prize. Would you be able to expand on your thesis project The Sequel that led to these nominations? 
  1. YouTube was a part of your life before architecture, how has the channel developed throughout the years? 
  1. How have you managed the stresses of releasing videos as well as getting your university work done? Was it a challenge to find that balance? 
  1. Myself and Hayden are thinking of entering competitions during architecture school, what’s your take on such competitions?  I know you completed a LIVE studio project that saw you redesign an existing nursery tree house, how did you find this experience?
  1. You are using a number of outlets to get your name out there, what is your motivation behind these efforts? 
  1. What are your thoughts on networking as an architecture student? 
  1. If you could sum up architecture school in three words, what would they be?
  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 
  1.  How would you like to be remembered? 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. Of course, when we have a guest on the show we love to invite them to join us in this recurring segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them. 

To kick off the proceedings I will reveal Thomas’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. His ‘Thing’ sparked an interesting conversation surrounding football and how the money that it entails has become incredible.

Thomas referred to the amount of money that footballer Alexis Sanchez has earnt over the last few years and was making the point that he finds it so hard to comprehend how it is possible to earn that much money.

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was the interest that has sparked in the last week or so in the world of stocks and shares and looking at this is a possible investment opportunity due to the poor interest rates at the present moment. I am not suggesting that I am an expert by any stretch but it is not the worst thing to have a read up of the possibilities. I have included a useful website below that outlines the basics. 

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/savings/cheap-online-sharedealing

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. His ‘Thing’ was the reflection of a week working in his role as a pool lifeguard and how after this period of hot hot weather he has been kept busy.


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Thomas on the show and I am sure we will have him back on the podcast. 

I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

Happy listening, everyone! 

Blog Post #020 – Breaking News: On The Way To University

Architecture School, Education, Life in General

This weeks post is simply a life update which I am incredibly excited about and is the next step in my creative creative and academic journey.

I will be attending the University of Nottingham to study Architecture in September of this year after receiving confirmation of the offer in the last couple of days. I have now made the step from a ‘pending architectural student’ to an actual architectural student which is what I have always wanted since I found out about this career path. But now my dreams are reality and it’s pretty scary but I feel like I’ll be ready to rise to challenge and I’m looking forward to it.

I will be heading to the Midlands with my friend and podcast co-host Hayden Day who will also be studying architecture. We’re looking forward to the sleepless nights and countless coffees.

Bring it on!