Chinese MArch Architecture RIBA 2 student Xingjian Fan discusses his time studying at London Met. Before studying with us, Xingjian studied architecture in Newcastle and Sheffield.
Why did you decide to study at London Met?
The School of Art, Architecture and Design has a high reputation for teaching architecture with a pragmatic approach. Our training addresses current issues in urbanism and architecture, and has a good balance between research and practice. The School offers an opportunity to connect with experienced practitioners and ambitious students.
Why did you want to study in London?
London as the capital has plenty of resources. From galleries and museums to east London warehouses, the city encourages different cultures.
How did you find it moving to another country?
At first I was excited and curious. I was a bit intimidated by the real challenges of taking care of myself and making contact with the locals. My time with new friends and different groups of interesting people helped me to mentally settle in. I then no longer saw myself as a traveller, but as a member of a bigger community.
What has been your favourite part of your course so far?
I enjoy exchanging thoughts with my tutors. They are experienced both as practising architects and design tutors. The course also encourages me to explore my personal interest in the field and establish my own thesis/approach/perspective. I found this particularly important, as training young architects/professionals in critical thinking and self-motivation is fundamental to a career in the sector.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
I plan to gain another few years of experience practising in a design studio, seeing through projects from drafting to construction. In the end, I hope to bring my experience and knowledge back to my home city and apply them in a new context. I wish to continue and expand the discussion on design and seek solutions for those in a developing environment.
What would you say to an international student considering a degree with London Met?
Knowledge and experience outside the university are equally important for personal development. See them as a foundation to build to an ambition. Maintain and push it forward with your inner passion.
"London as the capital has plenty of resources. From galleries and museums to east London warehouses, the city encourages different cultures."