Dubai was like no other holiday I have ever been on, everything shiny and new with a lack of heritage, but strangely still very appealing. A playground for the wealthy, infrastructure linking building sites, holiday resorts, malls and hotels. Extravagance around every corner…

Atlantis Hotel

Atlantis Hotel

 

Atlantis Beach

 

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Dubai Mall

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Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain show

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Sandance, day to night concert on the beach (Benni Benassi, Labrinth & Stereophonics among the performers) Brilliant day!

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Burj Al-Arab

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Talise Spa

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JBR

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GSA Masters Group 38 Exhibition

Group 38 Exhibition, GSA.

Its the last day of 2011, I’ve returned home and I’ve been reflecting on one crazy year.

After finishing up with university I was worried about the current climate in the UK, thinking about unstable jobs, even worse, unemployment, but after this year, I’m thinking its not all doom and gloom if you use it to your advantage…it’s a chance to do different things and look outside the box. I have spent the year meeting many interesting people in the field, been to Toronto and had a chance to see great architecture, met a few starchitects, had time to visit and take part in exhibitions, completed my first book, graduated with masters, worked with 3DReid, spoke at a conference representing Glasgow School of Art, designed a small house in Pakistan, produced the drawings for a book with Robert Mantho from GSA, went to Beijing for an internship with Pansolution International, made connections with people from Tsinghua University and lastly I’ve started this blog which I’m really loving doing …not had a moments spare! I’ve earned a living while doing what I have chosen to and what I enjoy. I’ve had a variety of experience, which has kept the year interesting and exciting.

So to all the architecture students graduating in 2012 looking ahead and worrying, don’t, it will be ok, you just need to get up and go for it!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Here are some of my favourite pictures from the year.

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GSA Degree show party

GSA Degree Show Party – last with the Foulis & Newbery Tower buildings before new Steven Holl & JM architects addition.

Toronto

Daniel Libeskind’s addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

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Graduation, University of Glasgow.

with Zaha Hadid

Meeting with Zaha.

Glasgow Transport Museum

Opening of Zaha Hadid’s Transport Museum, Glasgow.

Glasgow Transport Museum 2

Opening of Zaha Hadid’s Transport Museum, Glasgow.

Velodrome Glasgow

3DReid construction site, Velodrome arena for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Looking at hutong life, Beijing

Hutong 1

Looking at hutong life, Beijing

George Square

Glasgow’s George Square turned Philadelphia for Brad Pitt’s movie, World War Z.

Beijing has a museum dedicated to urban planning in the heart of the city, it has been one of the places I had been meaning to visit since I arrived. Finally I made it…

Beautiful model of Beijing on the wall of the atrium and circulation space of the museum.

Beautiful model of Beijing on the wall of the atrium and circulation space of the museum.

I was blown away by this HUGE 1:750 model of Beijing.

I was blown away by this HUGE 1:750 model of Beijing.

Every individual building was incredibly detailed.

Every individual building was incredibly detailed.

Not only detailed, but individually lit up too for the lighting show.

Not only detailed, but individually lit up too for the lighting show.

The Olympic Park.

The Olympic Park.

It was great to see all the iconic buildings and historic sites within their context.

It was great to see all the iconic buildings and historic sites within their context.

As my last few weeks in Beijing were dedicated to exploring as much as possible, I will be posting a blog a day with the run up to Christmas, sharing the weird and wonderful!

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