Hien Nguyen

Hien Nguyen

Hien at the summer show, 2010

Why Architecture in Brighton?

I have always been fascinated by buildings, not only for what they are now, but also for how they came to be. Every architectural detail shares a unique story of the design process and introduces a wealth of ideas.

My interest in architecture stems from an extensive art and design background. I completed both A-levels Fine Arts and Graphic Design in a one-year course. Upon its completion, I started working to gain hands-on experience in various practices, but always keeping in mind that to be qualified as an architect was my ultimate objective. Based on this and my own positive experience at the University, I decided to choose this particular institution and course.

Choosing the University of Brighton was one of the best decisions of my career. The studio-based structure of our program allowed us to explore multiple architectural approaches, challenge each other’s work constructively, while nurturing our commitment to our career. As with all things rewarding, results did not come without hard work. I spent many long days and sleepless nights on my projects. Looking back, however, it was all worth it. Nothing can describe the incredible pride I felt when my projects were presented to the public at the annual degree shows and nominated for prizes.

Hien Nguyen, MArch studio work, 2009-2010

The University of Brighton also offers a most supportive environment. From the technicians to the administrators, from your classmates to your tutors, everybody here sincerely cares about your work. In addition, there are lectures every week on Professional Studies, Technology, and History and Theory of Architecture, along with two or more design tutorials. You will get a chance to present your work in front of the entire course regularly. As frightening an experience as it may seem, there is no better way to practise your pitching and communication skills, which are crucial to a career in architecture.

Perhaps the most important strength of the University is its people. It was here in Brighton that I met my most talented colleagues and my dearest friends, who will continue to be a part of my life for years to come. I had a wonderful experience, and I sincerely hope that you too will have a chance to realise your architectural goals at Brighton.

Living in Brighton

Brighton is one of the most convenient cities to live in. With all the direct transport links to London and other cities, day trips to visit exhibitions, seminars and cultural events are our weekly happening. Brighton itself has so much to offer too: gigs, shops, and the nightlife; exhibitions, arts, and sports all within close proximity. Not to mention that all the University facilities spread over the city.

Future prospects

Through my education, hands-on work experiences, and long-term interest, I have established a strong commitment in architecture. And in return, the Part II course at the University of Brighton has given me so much: an enjoyable career, professional connections, friends, and even publicity. In the near future, I see myself as a properly-trained, experienced architect. Also I would love to go back to Vietnam at some point to work on improving my home country's living standard and architectural quality.


Hien Nguyen