Design firm experts to mentor DMU Architecture students


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Two architectural technologists from multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p have committed to mentoring De Montfort University (DMU) students.

Amit Chhatralia and Tahir Caratella have commenced part-time tutoring roles with first- and second-year students from the Architectural Technology degree course respectively. Amit is supporting tutoring on the Architectural Detailing module whilst Tahir is mentoring on the Building Design Project module.

Tahir, Theo and Amit at DMU

“I’m actually a graduate of DMU and have stayed in touch with my course tutors as my career has progressed,” explains Tahir. “We’d talked for a while about becoming involved with the course as its important for the students to understand the opportunities in the industry and hear examples from the working world.

“The mentoring Amit and I have agreed to undertake involves one-to-one sessions with the students once a fortnight. We review their work, help identify next steps and ensure they’re following the brief. We’ll be supporting them through until March next year so will see the module from start to finish.”

The module Tahir is mentoring sees the students tasked with creating the design for a car showroom and includes undertaking precedent studies, providing drawings, photographs, floor plans and renderings as well as explaining the rationale behind the design.

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Theophilius Shittu, lecturer at DMU’s School of Architecture said: “We’re delighted to have Amit and Tahir as part of the teaching team for the BSc Architectural Technology programme. They have brought their wealth of experience in practice to the course and we’ve already started receiving positive feedback from the students.

“For instance, upon learning Tahir was an alumnus, one of the students was so delighted and remarked ‘we now have a role model to look up to’ whilst another student commented that ‘Amit talks with the authority and confidence of a practicing professional and he instils this same confidence in us’. In addition, the students were both inspired and grateful for the opportunity to visit rg+p’s office in Leicester. We hope this will be the beginning of long-term relationship between DMU and rg+p.”

In addition to the fortnightly mentoring sessions, Amit and Tahir have also given a talk to all year groups about their role at rg+p, and invited final year students to tour the practice’s Leicester office to meet other qualified architectural technologists and architects.

Tahir added: “We’re keen to support and inspire the next generation of architectural technologists and it’s collaboration with local universities that enables this. It also enables us to identify potential new recruits and help establish careers, which is good news all round!”

Posted on Monday 7th January 2019

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