30 Minutes With...
A series of short conversations between graduates and leading industry practitioners.
This year, graduates across the faculty have spoken to leading architects, designers, creative directors, artists and event founders. Talking about everything from career paths to creative inspiration, advice for getting your foot in the door, and 'what actually is good work'?
& Yuanmin Xiao
& Amar Sidhu
Ben Flippance tells Amar Sidhu about how he first got interested in architecture (it started with a doodle of a house that you reached via rowing boat) to complex problem-solving, his fascination with streets, and how it never gets boring being able to walk around something that was your idea.
& Catherine Miller
A creative problem solver with a passion for ethical business, Marksteen talks about his journey to becoming co-founder and partner of ASHA & Co, as well as his top tips for bagging your first job after uni.
& John Gallop
From growing up around car dealerships and racing motorcycles, to designing cars for McLaren and Maserati, Frank Stephenson discusses the importance of being naturally curious and why being number one is the only option.
Iris Pokovec & Matej Tomazin
& Meta Mezan
Iris Pokovec discusses her tongue-in-cheek commentary on consumerism, and how it inspired her to turn 'Menažerija' into its own brand, while Matej Tomazin — co-founder of Artopolis — explores perceived value, as well as his personal desire to tackle inequality in the arts industry.
Harbinder Birdi & Upinder Bahra
& Amar Sidhu
Harbinder and Upinder explore the significance of presentation and communication in their field, how you should learn to say yes to opportunities, and the importance of applying meaningful problem solving throughout a career in architecture.
Harbinder Birdi — Partner, Infrastructure Sector Lead, Hawkins Brown
Upinder Bahra — Architectural Assistant, Hawkins Brown
Amar Sidhu — BSc (Hons) Architecture
& Catherine Miller, Trea Renaut-Buttle and Georgia Baldassarra
Chris Sanders shares insights into his journey to becoming Director of his own design studio, and how becoming Founder of Coventry Design Festival has reinforced the importance of supporting the future of fellow creatives.
Chris Sanders — Founder of Coventry Design Festival, Right Aligned and Studio Native
Catherine Miller — BA (Hons) Illustration & Graphics
Trea Renaut-Buttle — BA (Hons) Illustration & Graphics
Georgia Baldassarra — BA (Hons) Illustration & Graphics
& John Gallop
Car designer Ian Callum tells John Gallop about how he pursued his desire to combine engineering and art from a young age, despite apprehension from his peers, and how he went on to travel the world working for big names such as Ford and TWR.