Model Student Takes Part in Exhibition

One of Tweedale’s budding architects is glowing with pride after university lecturers requested that her first year project take centre stage at a special exhibition.

Diana Grigorie studies architecture part time at Birmingham City University alongside her work at our Wolverhampton offices and we’re thrilled to hear that, at the end of her first year, Diana was not only allocated a first class grade, but her work was used in a show usually reserved for graduates.

Diana’s first year project was based on a design for a creative workshop for Warley Woods park in Smethwick. The 25-year-old said she was inspired by her natural surroundings when it came to putting her architectural skills into action.

“There are some beautiful beech trees in Warley Woods park and after studying them I was fascinated by the cells in the leaves, and decided to incorporate them into my design,” she said. “My design included a café, art workshop and exhibition space, and to make the physical model I used MDF, a laser cutter, a CNC machine, painted aluminium and various wall papers to represent different finishes.

“It was wonderful when my tutors said they wanted to showcase what students could achieve at the end of just one year of study and they asked if my model could be displayed at the Graduate’s Show in the Parkside Building.”

Diana has been working at Tweedale for 18 months and she said her aim is to become a chartered architectural technologist and a chartered architect, which will allow her to have the technical ability and skills to design and manage a project from start to completion stage.  Mike Bates, director at Tweedale, said they spotted Diana’s potential when she was a student at Wolverhampton University.

“Before Diana came to work for us she studied Interior Architecture and Property Development at Wolverhampton University and won our prize for her skills in architectural design,” said Mike. “It is fantastic to see the progression she has made and how well she is doing in her degree at Birmingham City University. She is an asset to the team here at Tweedale and I’m sure she has an exciting career ahead of her.”