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 #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 #009 – Hamza Shaikh: Two Worlds Design & Physcology Of Architecture

Advice, Architecture School, Interview, 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 show notes for the ninth episode of the Discussed It podcast. We are very excited to invite today’s guest onto our podcast. His name is Hamza Shaikh, he is an architectural designer that has worked in a range of multidisciplinary roles as well as conducting his own research into the relationship between architecture and physcology. He is also the creator of the Two Worlds Design brand that encompasses a website, YouTube channel and podcast. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Hamza 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 Hamza Shaikh, he is an architectural designer that is interested in the relationship between architecture and physcology. He is also the founder of TwoWorldsDesign, a brand that encompasses a website, YouTube channel and podcast. 
  • 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 Hamza to answer. However, throughout the episode, we go slightly off-piste with the conversation but we cover a range of topics that relate both directly to Hamza’s research and ideologies. 

If you fancy finding out what Hamza’s insightful and interesting comments in reply 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. How did you find your university experience starting from the first day through to finishing off your Masters? 
  1. Do you have any advice for those starting their first year in September? 
  1. I understand that you look into the relationship between architecture and psychology. Would you be able to explain a bit about this? 

Topic Area: 

Psychology in Architecture 

  1. You’ve run a series of videos looking into employment within architecture after COVID? What are your thoughts on the current situation? 
  1. Myself and Hayden are thinking of entering competitions during architecture school, what’s your take on such competitions?
  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? 
  1.  Pleasantries to finish the conversation, So Andrew, if people want to follow your journey or get in touch, where can they find you? 

‘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 Hamza’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. His ‘Thing’ was a new, exciting project that as co-founder of the initiative he has created with a group of architectural content creators. It is called the MAD Collective which stands for Millenial Architecture & Design Collective where they are looking to create a community of design individuals to come together and discuss and debate ideas in monthly symposiums as well as create a MAD Index which brings together a range of resources of use. I’m really excited by this new initiative and I am looking forward to getting involved and seeing where it all goes.

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was myself reminiscing on the activities of the past week when Hayden and I drove down to the Devonish coast and tried our hand at surfing. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to get back and give it another go. I’m sure I’ve got the talent to go professional, we’ll see.

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. Hayden’s ‘Thing’ was a book called Civic Realism which he used as research within his Extended Essay for sixth form but is now reading thoroughly as it seems as though he has become rather interested in the subject matter. 

‘A study of the shape and appearance of civic places and the social, political, and cultural circumstances that bring them into existence. A civic place belongs to everyone and yet to nobody in particular.’ 

Excerpt taken from Amazon Books 


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Hamza 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 #016 – Results Day

Advice, Architecture School, Education, Life in General

My results day is upon us! Today, on the 6th of July, I will receive a series of numbers that have governed all that I have done over the last two years and will dictate the path that I take from now.

And the strangest thing about it all is the way that my sixth form experience ended without any examinations and all the celebrations that come along with finishing school forever. My grades will come down to a calculated grade that takes in consideration my coursework and my predicted grades which means it is difficult to try and judge how well you have done, unlike the immediate response you get once you leave an exam hall. However, I feel as though I have come to the point where I accept what has happened and am grateful that I worked as hard as I did in my coursework portions rather than depending on the written exam section. 

My heart goes out to everyone who is in the same situation and I hope we all get what we hope to. I have been reminded by people close to me that these numbers will not define what I can do in life and that is the same for anyone. 

I’ll finish off this post with this quote which I will keep in mind whilst I open up my results. 

“Everything happens for a reason. Don’t question it, trust it.” 

Good luck everyone!