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Sabba Khan

BA Architecture Alum
Central Saint Martins
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I graduated from BA (Hons) Arts Design and Environment architecture pathway (now called BA (Hons) Architecture: Spaces and Objects), in 2007.

Soon after I validated my project for Part 1 exemption, was nominated for RIBA's President Medal awards for both the project and dissertation, and won the 2007 student entry for the International Design Award's Land/Sea competition.

From there I have worked for a number of companies, ranging from landscape architecture in Peter Beard Landroom, to cemetery design in Dainese Studios, to events management at the University of Westminster. I hope to continue my activities, by proceeding with Part 2 Architecture.

Why did you decide to study at Central Saint Martins?

My A-levels in design, literature and philosophy veered me towards the artistic and creative career path. I wanted to do something where I could read, write, make and dream all in one complete package. Central Saint Martins and its wealth of courses seemed to be just that place. I did a foundation course at Central Saint Martins, which seemed the best option to get a flavour of all the different art specialisms.

Spatial design struck a chord with me, and from there the multidisciplinary nature of the arts design and environment seemed to be just the place to explore everything, right from the arts down to the literature.

What was the best bit about living and studying in London?

There is always something to do in London. You are always spoilt for choice. Most often than not, you will find yourself caught between a number of things to do. It is the energy that London spawns that makes it such an incredible place to study in.

What advice would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Central Saint Martins is the ideal place to explore what you yourself are about, both on a personal and professional level.

There is enough opportunity to explore a variety of mediums, you just need to put yourself out there and use them. Be brave in your proposals.

And for students about to graduate?

Straight after my own graduation I took a very long holiday, then was lucky enough to land a job connected directly to what I wanted to do soon after. Sometimes the best things come to you whilst you are unaware. So, do take things in your stride.

What are you up to now?

I am currently working for the University of Westminster on organising a conference focused on issues of cultural identity, architectural settlement and climate on the Persian Gulf region. I have recently completed a course in the anthropology of space, architecture and landscape, and am veering towards the theory and research of architectural concepts.

How has Central Saint Martins helped in your chosen career?

Central Saint Martins has provided a general overview of many current architectural issues. It has helped in making me adaptable and flexible to varying concepts, and thus I find myself enjoying a lot more than what I would have originally thought.


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