January 2020

Congratulations to SMR’s Tobi Olusola in gaining his Part III

SMR’er Tobi Olusola has recently gained his Part III architecture qualification. Tobi has worked at SMR for almost 2 years. In this Q&A with Tobi he explains what inspired him to undertake a career in architecture:

Q. what is your title at SMR?

A. My current title is “Part II Architectural Assistant”. However, as soon as I can register with the ARB it will change to Architect.

Q. What attracted you to a career in architecture?

A. A long story short, ‘The Sims’.

Q. Where were you born and brought up as a child?

A. I was born in Birmingham, moved to London aged 7. Moved to Nigeria aged 12, back to London at 16. And I’ve been in and around the Yorkshire area since beginning university at age 18.

Q. What architecture/ design / construction (or others) qualifications do you have?

A. I have a BA(Hons) in Architecture International (RIBA Part 1), a MArch in Architecture (RIBA Part 2),and most recently a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Practice and Management in Architecture (RIBA Part 3).

Q. Where did you study architecture?

A. I completed my undergraduate and post graduate qualifications with the University of Huddersfield.

Q. Would you recommend your training route for other aspiring Architects?

A. I would like the training route and process in which one can be a qualified architect to be reformed. The route I took is the traditional one, and I would encourage any aspiring architecture students to be prepared for a LONG journey!

Q. Which buildings really impress you:

A. I really enjoy the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield by David Chipperfield. In my opinion it’s a great example of contemporary brutalism. I also really like the Smithsonian African American Museum by David Adjaye. I’m really drawn to the symbolism of the external envelope. My third favourite building would be the chapel at Ronchamp by LeCorbusier. I’m really impressed by the way Corbusier uses light to create sacred spaces.