What do you want people to know about your graduation project?
My graduation project, titled 'Through The Ruins They Are Forged' revolves around the idea of landscape-led therapy, using design to nurture the relationship between 'nature' and man.
This design process has been a personal exploration of my values as a designer and as a member of a broken society, which I hope comes across through the visual and written language used throughout.
In this project, I try to challenge traditional methods of design by creating 'selfless drawings' that at their core aim to be approachable and inquisitive rather than purely aesthetic for the sake of the ego of the designer. I believe that to design is to follow an informed method that allows for fluidity while maintaining integrity and accessibility.
What or who is your inspiration and why is following this route important to you?
My inspiration has always emerged sporadically, and so I design in a way that tries to find the relationship between these different threads of inquisition.
For this project in particular, my inspiration came from personal reflections on my perceptions of the world around me and how difficult it can be to challenge these perceptions, thus the project centres itself on this idea of questioning learned behaviour and beliefs in relation to 'nature'.
I believe that it is important for me as a young designer to be open to inspiration from anywhere so that I can continue to question the rules I have created about my surroundings.
What has been your favourite thing about ECA and Edinburgh?
My favourite thing about ECA has probably been the way in which it has introduced me to so many people that I normally may not have met.
What are your hopes for life after ECA? Do you have any plans?
After graduation I am still unsure about what I want to do exactly, however I am excited to explore my interests both in Landscape Architecture and other areas more fully. Wherever I end up I hope to continue learning and being curious.