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Two things you will learn at University CEU Cardenal Herrera: the importance of teamwork and discipline

Two things you will learn at University CEU Cardenal Herrera: the importance of teamwork and discipline

Much has happened since Agustín finished his degree in Architecture: he has been working in Copenhagen, developed projects in China and he is currently living in Tanzania. In this interview, he tells us how he managed to arrive there and how his experience as student at University CEU Cardenal Herrera has helped him achieve his professional goals!

A new destination to study abroad! University CEU Cardenal Herrera. The International University of Spain.

Agustín Granados

Agustín Granados

Alumnus Architecture (University CEU Cardenal Herrera)

 

Agustín, where are you working now?

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Which are your professional aims at work?

Project architect for Design, Detail Design and Construction detailing assistance in project time planning and Design team coordinator for AGA KHAN University, Dar es Salaam.

Which is your last project?

Mikkelsen Arkitekts: Bispebjerg´s Laboratory and Logistic Building, 14.000 m2, Copenhagen, Denmark.

And the most important one?

Bjarke Ingels Group: Part of Rose Rock International Finance Center (categorized as a supertall building, 588 m high), Tianjin, China project group. With focus on designing the core.

Henning Larsen Architects: Design department on two key projects for Riyadh studio in Saudi Arabia:

– 50,364 sqm Al Khorayef mix used development

– 5,819 sqm Mawten office building

Schmidt Hammer Lassen: China Mobile Development Department, 250.000 m2. Huai’an, Jiangsu,China: Luoyang, Henan, China.

 

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His last job in B.I.G.: Rose Rock Rockefeller Centre

 

Do you think your academic training at University CEU Cardenal Herrera has helped you in your daily work?

Definitely, I consider my experience as a student of Architecture the base of my every-day work.It has been very important for me the discipline learned at the university and of course to maintain an open mind to new opportunities in the way that the process has to be enjoyable to keep you motivated.

Tell us briefly how is an usual day at your work.

In my current Job in Tanzania, we start at 7:30h, when we usually prepare the day, mails, meetings…I like to arrive a bite earlier so I can prepare what everybody in my team has to do before they arrive. My task right now is to design the detail phase of 14 buildings for the University of Aga Khan. The SD (Schematic Design) was made by the English studio HOK and it is our responsibility to go through new functions, materials, landscape until the end of the project. The client meets us every 2 weeks to clarify possible changes and give us the feedback of our weekly deadline.

The engineering in this process also has a great importance and will make our drawings to jump from a schematic phase and become real. It is a bite complicated to deal with both parts because each side tend to push the other.

We stop for lunch at 13:00h ( 30 min. max.) and we are back to work until 16-16:30h. The timetable is quite fixed, people have responsabilities and it is very important to be efficient in working hours so we can have the evening for ourselves.

In general, what is your impression of the studies you did at University CEU Cardenal Herrera?

I think in my case it was important the personal relationship between the subjects and the student.

There are always subjects that you like more than others, professors that you feel attached to others but, in general, comparing to other universities ( I studied Technician Architect in UPV) where the number of students was very high, I liked University CEU Cardenal Herrera because we were like a big team and it is what I have experienced being abroad. It is very important develop your skills to work in group, learn to be flexible and find out what is what you are doing and what you can learn about it.

My first intership with a scholarship in Copenhagen was in ADEPT Architects and my point of view changed 180 degrees. I had to be prepare to communicate properly in another language, use new programs without losing my goals…of course at the beginning nothing is easy.

Would you recommend University CEU Cardenal Herrera to people with academic interests like your own?

Yes, I enjoyed studying in University CEU Cardenal Herrera. I appreciate what the university offered me and definitely helped me to start my professional career. I still have a lot of friends from my years in Moncada and I would like to recommend to the new students to do your best during your stay at the university because it will define you the following years.

 

Study Trip with Schmidt Hammer Larsen in Copenhagen

Study Trip with Schmidt Hammer Larsen in Copenhagen

 

What are your future professional objectives?

I would like to develop my career in many ways. After working in different cultures I learned to be more open to different possibilities. Every project is different from the others and there are always new things to discover.
I would like to learn more about leadership and managing different phases of a project and to increase not only the number of projects, but also the quality of them.

How were your professors like? Did they motivate you to excel in your field of expertise, to reach for more than what might be considered the norm?

In my opinion there were good and not so good professors, better or worse subjects. I remember having a really good ones that helped me a lot to keep motivated and develop my learning process. It was essential the subjects “Proyectos I-II-III” and “Urbanism II-III” to me because it was there where I found more similarities with the real life and the way to communicate with other people, in my case the client.

Do you think University CEU Cardenal Herrera did enough to assist you in developing your talents and skills? Could we have done more in this respect? If so, what more could we have done?

If there is something that I would like to have developed more it could be to learn to sell a project properly. I have experienced that in other countries owners spend a lot of time creating basic schemes, diagrams, visualizations that explain the idea of your project and I think during my years in CEU UCH we were more focused in details, structure, construction, more like a engineer way ( what it is good and appreciated ) but we missed parts of the concept development.

Do you miss Spain? Do you plan on returning?

I think Spain has a lot of qualities and possibilities to make everyone to stay there but I like to have the option to come back being abroad. You never know.

Is there anything else you would like to tell?

I would like to thank University CEU Cardenal Herrera for teaching me so many things and also to not teaching me everything and so I can have the possibility to discover them myself.

2015 Launching Call Pioneers into Practice , a programme against climate change hosted by European universities like CEU-UCH

2015 Launching Call Pioneers into Practice , a programme against climate change hosted by European universities like CEU-UCH

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As hosting institution of this programme, the Technical School of Design, Architecture and Engineering of University CEU Cardenal Herrera welcomed in 2014 two researchers from BME-Budapest University of Technology and Economics

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The “Pioneers into Practice” programme’s 5th call will be launched on the 30th of January 2015 and will be open until the end of March 2015 in all of the participant regions. The main objective of this programme is to promote clean technologies, green projects and sustainable business through professional mobility. The Technical School of Design, Architecture and Engineering of University CEU Cardenal Herrera is host of this programme and the Region of Valencia is one of its participating European regions.

University CEU Cardenal Herrera Architecture Alumnus to future students: "Your focus will determine your reality"

University CEU Cardenal Herrera Architecture Alumnus to future students: “Your focus will determine your reality”

Wondering how it is to study at University CEU Cardenal Herrera? Interested in studying a bilingual degree in Architecture in one of the top private universities in Spain? Still questioning yourself if it’s the right choice? Our testimonials will give you an impression of what former students think about studying with us and how they go about it!

University CEU Cardenal Herrera, a new destination to study abroad.

 

Alumnus Architecture CEU-UCHCarolina Ferrando

Alumnus Architecture (University CEU Cardenal Herrera)

 

Carolina, where are you working now?

I am a project architect at PRP Architects. I am based in the London office. PRP is one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary architectural practices specialising in the residential, specialist housing, mixed use, commercial, retail, healthcare, hotel, education and leisure sectors. The practice has more than 50 Years of history, over 300 people and offices across the world; London, Manchester, China and Moscow.

Which are your professional aims at work?

My aims at work are broadly to have a professional approach towards our clients and co-workers, understand the client’s brief and have excellent presentation skills. Also important is to keep learning about architecture, keep improving my management skills and always do my best to deliver high-quality work.

Which is your last project? And the most important?

Last project: Bessant Drive Kew (Kew Gardens, London).
Role: Project Architect

Design and delivery of the planning application for a residential scheme at Kew Gardens. The project contains four blocks of apartments, a basement level for parking, a doctor surgery and a central courtyard that embraces the four dwellings becoming the heart of the site.

Most Important: Woking PFI (Woking, Surrey).
Role: Project Architect

Design and delivery of the planning application for a Master Plan & dwellings design for a residential development in Woking, Surrey. The scheme contains five blocks of apartments and 310 houses. After planning application was approved, I was responsible for producing the construction packages, liaising with client and engineers on site, developing team strategies to produce all the information required and coordinating the project models (Revit – BIM).

Do you think your academic training at University CEU Cardenal Herrera helped you in your daily work?

The academic training that I received at University was a great starting point laying the foundations of my career. I learnt not only the necessary academic subjects to become a qualified architect but also how important team work is, how to be strong and face criticism and always seek support in those who trust in your skills.

Tell us briefly how is an usual day at your work.

In a typical day at work, the first thing I do is to make myself a coffee and look at my diary to check what the key tasks are that need to be completed by the end of the day. I check and confirm any meetings booked with clients or other consultants and then I brief the team to assign tasks and update the project programme to make sure we are on target for the next deadline. Reply to emails and keep working on other tasks such as designing and drawing.

 

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In general, what is your impression of the studies you did at University CEU Cardenal Herrera?

I believe the studies I did at University CEU Cardenal Herrera were key to help me to become the professional I am today. The subjects taught and the programmes were appropriate and the teachers were highly qualified. One of the main benefits of attending University CEU Cardenal Herrera is the holistic approach to educating students.

Would you recommend University CEU Cardenal Herrera to people with academic interests like your own?

Indeed. I would recommend University CEU Cardenal Herrera to anyone who is interested in studying a degree in one of the most well-known Universities in Spain, in a great atmosphere and with highly skilled teachers. The University also provides a wide range of international studies and internships that will definitely help to develop your career further.

What are your future professional objectives?

My future professional objectives are to progress in the company and become a key member of the senior leadership team. As part of my career progression, I am keen to be stay up to date with any subject related to architecture and attend as many lectures and exhibitions as possible to enrich my knowledge. One wish for the future? To establish my own practice in Spain.

How were your professors like? Did they motivate you to excel in your field of expertise, to reach for more than what might be considered the norm?

The honest truth is that I had all sort of Professors at University. However, it is fair to say that the majority were great and really inspired me. When someone motivates you and encourages you to push your boundaries, it really has a positive effect on your studies. I am grateful to all those teachers who made a difference with their attitude and helped me to keep believing I could achieve my goals.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you think University CEU Cardenal Herrera did enough to assist you in developing your talents and skills? Could we have done more in this respect? If so, what more could we have done?

The university assisted me in developing my talents and skills well. If I had to highlight something that, in my opinion, could have been better, it would be the methodology used to teach and correct the subject of projects in the last two years of my degree. I believe most teachers at University CEU Cardenal Herrera are strong proponents of Rational Architecture. Many other universities actively encourage their students to be creative and break the grid. In my view, students should be motivated to explore other architectural styles outside the modular methodology.

Do you miss Spain? Do you plan on returning?

Every day! I miss not only my family, friends, weather, food…but the personality of its people and the life style. When I came to the United Kingdom, I thought I would be back in two years. That was more than five years ago…It is hard to return as the career progression and salaries here are very competitive. I do not think I will return to Spain for good at least not in the next ten years, unless there is a great opportunity for me to join a big firm there or set up my own architectural practice.

Is there anything else you would like to tell?

I would like to give some advice to those students of Architecture and future colleagues: Be strong and learn to face criticism; do not allow anyone to make you believe that you are not good enough. Never give up, at the end it will be worth it. Believe in your capabilities and remember that University is just the beginning of the road. You do not need to be an A student to become a successful professional. And remember…

Life is not what you are given, it is what you create, what you conquer and what you aim to achieve. Your focus will determine your reality.

 

A student from A Coruña wins CIFA 2014, the first edition of the Iberian Competition of Architectural Photography

A student from A Coruña wins CIFA 2014, the first edition of the Iberian Competition of Architectural Photography

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Spanish and Portuguese students of architecture participated in the first edition of this competition, which was organized by the degree program in Architecture at CEU-UCH and the professional journal TC Cuadernos

‘A clearing in the woods’, by Marlene Pérez Sánchez, winner of CIFA 2014.

‘A clearing in the woods’, by Marlene Pérez Sánchez, winner of CIFA 2014.

Marlene Pérez Sánchez, architecture student in A Coruña (Spain), won the first edition of the Iberian Competition of Architectural Photography (CIFA 2014) with a photo she titled ‘A clearing in the woods’. Students at Architecture Schools in Spain and Portugal could take part in the competition, which was organized by Architecture Degree at CEU Cardenal Herrera University and the journal TC Cuadernos. The jury, which consisted of prestigious architects and photographers specialized in architecture, selected the winning photo from 31 entries.

Portuguese architect Gonçalo Byrne, who was awarded the Grande Médaille d’or by the Architecture Academy of France, visits Valencia for the first time, on invitation by CEU-UCH

Portuguese architect Gonçalo Byrne, who was awarded the Grande Médaille d’or by the Architecture Academy of France, visits Valencia for the first time, on invitation by CEU-UCH

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Byrne is member of the jury in CIFA 2014, the first edition of the Iberian Competition of Architectural Photography, organized at CEU-UCH, where he gave a lecture on his work

The Basque architect and photographer Iñaki Bergera, another member of the jury, spoke on Spanish photography and architecture with CEU-UCH students

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The Portuguese architect Gonçalo Byrne at CEU-UCH, during his master class for students of the Bachelor of Architecture.

The Portuguese architect Gonçalo Byrne, whose work is internationally recognized and awarded, for the first time travelled to Valencia, as a member of the international jury of CIFA 2014. CIFA 2014 is the first edition of the Iberian Competition of Architectural Photography, jointly organized by CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University and the journal TC Cuadernos. He gave a master class during his visit at CEU-UCH for students of the Bachelor of Architecture. Byrne was awarded the Grande Médaille d’or by the Architecture Academy of France for his life´s work, among which stand out, in Portugal, the Thalia Theatre and the APL Tower in Lisbon, the National Museum Machado de Castro in Coimbra, and, in Belgium, the provincial government building in Leuven.

Exhibition of entries in CIFA 2014, the first edition of the Iberian Competition of Architectural Photography

Exhibition of entries in CIFA 2014, the first edition of the Iberian Competition of Architectural Photography

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The jury, made up of prestigious architects like Gonçalo Byrne and Javier García Solera, meets to select the winning photographs

Spanish and Portuguese architecture students take part in the competition, organized by the Degree in Architecture at CEU-UCH and the professional journal TC Cuadernos

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Students from Spanish and Portuguese Architecture schools submitted 31 photos in total for CIFA 2014, the first edition of the Iberian Competition of Architectural Photography (I Concurso Ibérico de Fotografía de Arquitectura) that is organized by CEU-UCH and TC Cuadernos. The international jury of experts that will choose the winning entries has gathered today at the Technical School of Engineering, ESET, (Escuela Superior de Enseñanzas Técnicas) at CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University to issue its decision. All entries are open to the public to observe at the ESET institute.

Portuguese architect João Álvaro Rocha, CEU-UCH visiting professor, has passed away

Portuguese architect João Álvaro Rocha, CEU-UCH visiting professor, has passed away

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Rocha received a group of students from the CEU Cardenal Herrera University at his architecture department at the university of Porto

Two recent UCH graduates worked with him for a time through the BEPAD program

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The Portuguese architect João Álvaro Rocha, who was a visiting professor in the Master in Architectural Industrialization and Prefabrication at CEU-UCH, passed away last week on September 13. Rocha closely collaborated from his department at the University of Porto with the undergraduate program in Architecture at UCH through the BEPAD scholarship program. Two UCH students did an internship under Rocha’s supervision through this program.

CEU-UCH student of Architecture Laura Gómez de Cecilia spends six months at Dublin-based McCullough Mulvin Architects Studio

CEU-UCH student of Architecture Laura Gómez de Cecilia spends six months at Dublin-based McCullough Mulvin Architects Studio

CEU-UCH students have had training in studios in Amsterdam, Porto, London, Dublin, Lisbon and Zurich, in the framework of the BEPAD (European Internship Programme for Architecture and Design)

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CEU-UCH Architecture student Laura Gómez, in front of the Long Room Hub, a building at Trinity College Dublin which was designed by McCullough Mulvin.

Laura Gómez de Cecilia is currently studying Architecture at CEU Cardenal Herrera University. This year, she decided to take part in the European Internship Programme BEPAD, which makes it possible for CEU-UCH students of Industrial Design and Architecture to do practical training in different European countries. Laura Gómez was selected by McCullough Mulvin Architects in Dublin to do a 6-month internship, which she defines as her “best experience ever”.