My name is Rory Turner and I am a second year student at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. For me this university was absolutely perfect for what I was interested in doing. Known for its highly creative and conceptual approach to architecture, as well as being home to cutting edge research into digital design and robotic fabrication, it is a school I’m very proud to be a part of. Upon entering an institution with a reputation as high as The Bartlett, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intimidated.
As the months went by and I happily settled in, I was very lucky to have met some truly incredible individuals, getting the chance to gaze firsthand in awe, at work which will forever inspire and astound me. However, the pressure I put upon myself to really excel at my studies and make the most of this wonderful opportunity, at times, could be overwhelming; almost a burden. And I’m sure those feelings are shared by anyone regardless of their path in life, academic or otherwise.
At times when I was most stressed out, and to help me relax, I turned to what got me here in the first place; I sought solace in drawing. For me drawing is more than just doodling on a piece of paper, or scribbling pretty pictures, it really means something far more than a few words can convey. Comfort, reflection, escape, these are but a few of the feelings that flood into my mind when the pen nib glides across the page. Whereas, most people like to contemplate their thoughts whilst on a run or a walk, for me it is over my little A5 sketchbook that my innermost musings play out. The white of the page gradually being overrun as my mind begins to wonder. The sample of drawings are from sketchbooks which I have become very attached to, whether it was travelling or at university.
In Part 1 next week, I’ll be sharing how I dealt with settling in and getting used to studio culture in my first year.
Transcribing by Managing Editor Katie Carson.