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Danielle Wai

Danielle WaiWhat are you doing now?

I am now working at an Architecture firm in Leeds, my role is extremely varied, already ranging between: private property extensions/interior design and spatial configuration | michelin star restaurant and cocktail/ champagne lounges in London | landscape architecture | dementia care homes | hotel interior design | NHS hospitals | penthouse interiors in Europe | former grade I listed factories in UK for residential and retail development  Examples of work to date include: private residential property extensions (architectural drawings) through to interior fit out, designing kitchen and spatial layout, finishes and presenting visual schemes to allow the client to envisage the finished project. In addition to supporting planning documentation to aid the planning process.  NHS Hospital interior design: controlling whole colour scheme, materials, products, floor and wall finishes, spatial layout and navigation aids; requiring perspective drawings, mood boards, client meetings and ordering samples and placing orders for bulk product supply via various interior design suppliers.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria was a very exciting and enjoyable part of life, the tuition was excellent; friendly, diligent and thorough. It helped me secure a dream job within 4 months of graduation, and the 'pioneer' edge of Interior Architecture lends itself to a versatile career and diverse paths upon employment: whether it be master planning, architecture, interior design, landscape design, conservation, retail development, exhibition design etc etc

What was the best thing about your course?

The tutors Paul, Andrea, Peter and many more.. the scope for maximum creative control over project designs, the flexibility of project briefs. The excellent software and workshop facilities available, and the quality of teaching resources

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

Time management, illustration techniques, AutoCAD, sketchup and Photoshop

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Lifelong friends I met along the way-social life, the fabulous city of Newcastle. I also learnt to aim higher for goals, reach targets and push myself to academic limit.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Go for it

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Exciting, tough, insightful.

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