Natalie Newey

Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Department of Architecture

Please describe your role in a few sentences?

I am a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, at University of Westminster. I am the First Year Coordinator as well as teaching Design in First Year and running a Degree Design Studio. I studied Architecture in New York and then at the Architectural Association in London.

Please tell us a bit about the courses that you are involved in?

I teach on the Architecture BA Honours course. The course is particularly wide-ranging, involving creative, practical and vocational elements. It involves the study of the arts, history and technology. Architecture is a wonderful subject to study and can lead to careers in all sorts of creative fields.

What is your area of academic interest?

As a Design tutor, I am particularly interested in the design process and how individuals develop their own methods for responding to creative challenges. Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds. Each of them brings a very individual perspective to the process of designing and this is what makes teaching exciting.

What was your first job? What did you learn from it?

My first job was as a waitress in a restaurant. I loved the independence that making money gave me and found that the harder I worked the more I made. It was very satisfying.

My first job in architecture was for a small but growing practice in New York City. At this practice, the most valuable lesson I learned was that architecture is a group endeavor and communication and negotiation are key to developing good buildings. A good working team is essential to dealing with the challenges of architecture in practice.

What did you do in your career before coming to Westminster?

I worked in a range of practices, in New York City and then in London as a Project Designer over a period of about 10 years.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

I am happiest when I am making things so I would have to say that my two years studying at the AA towards my Masters Degree has to be the highlight of my career. I spent every free moment in the workshop, making things, testing ideas and learning about materials and methods.

What advice would you give students during their studies and after graduation?

Make sure you find out what you enjoy doing, what you get excited about and then find a way to turn that into a career.

What advice would you give students considering studying architecture?

Get some experience. Do your research, read about architecture, visit exhibitions and find a way to get in to an architect’s office and see what a career in architecture is all about. Architecture is a very long, demanding degree. You need to be sure it is what you want to do.

What are your interests/leisure activities?

I have lots of outside interests but am happiest when I have a project which involves designing and making things.

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