Kirkham-based architect practice Croft Goode is aiming to inspire the next generation of architects and designers as architectural technologist Gayle Barber visits the University of Central Lancashire’s alumni day.
Gayle who studied at Carr Hill High, in Kirkham, joined the practice in 2008 and won a sponsorship to study at the University of Central Lancashire.
She graduated in 2013 with a first class honours degree in Architectural Technology. Having practiced as a fully qualified architectural technologist for 18 months, Gayle was called to share her industry experience and career advice with current students.
Along with other alumni on the day, Gayle was able to offer students practical insight into life after university, including tips and advice on securing work experience and post-graduate jobs.
In addition, Gayle’s expertise was also sought as she led design tutorials with final year students where she provided practical feedback on design proposals.
Ann Vanner, course leader for Architectural Technology at the Grenfell Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment at UCLan, said: “Gayle achieved invaluable work experience while studying part time and juggled all other aspects of her life to achieve first class honours, she is a role model and we were delighted to welcome her back.
“She gave valuable insight into what it is like to work in a modern architectural firm to third year students taking their first steps into the real working world.”
Gayle said: “I was excited to be invited back to UCLan. Architecture is a competitive field, but UCLan’s Architectural Technology course has gained recognition not just on a local but a national basis.”