Part one Architectural Assistant Rachel Murphy is currently on her placement year with Hamilton Architects, having just graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with first-class honours in BSc Architecture. She has also recently been nominated for the RSUA Bronze Medal and featured in online magazine, Dezeen for her project “The Healing Gardens – A Mental Health Centre for Cancer Patients and Survivors”, featured above.
“In 6th form, I was heading towards engineering when I went to a Queen’s open day and talked to someone about architecture. I have always loved art and design as well as maths and engineering, and I realised I had found my perfect degree.”
Rachel has previously completed work experience with various Belfast practices, including Hamilton Architects. These practical experiences helped her confirm her love for architecture.
“I found my course both creative and inspiring, which helped me to think outside the box with my designs. I still have a lot to learn about professional architecture, which will continue throughout my placement year with Hamilton Architects,” she said.
“I was delighted to return to Hamilton Architects for my placement year. I really enjoy the office atmosphere and the big, friendly team. I’m excited to learn from experienced architects who are very encouraging and proactive in sharing their knowledge.
It has always been Rachel’s ambition to design a theatre, now she finds herself contributing to an exciting project for Newry. “It is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to see what else lies in store over the next year!” As well as studying architecture, Rachel is also a part-time artist who sells commissioned paintings under the name Rachel Murphy Art. Last year she set up an Etsy store which keeps her busy at the weekends with orders coming in from around the world.