David Ronald Cheape

Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher, Director, Architect | Teen Yoga & Mindfulness

Architecture Postgraduate Diploma Professional Practice (RIBA Part III) - 2015

I found the supportiveness and dedication of the course leader Stephen Brookhouse very inspiring. The course content provided many transferable skills (legal structures, business acumen) that will continue to be useful whatever field of work I find myself in.

What are you doing now?

I am working as a yoga and mindfulness teacher, teaching adults, teenagers and special needs children. I volunteer at special needs schools. I do occasional pieces of freelance architectural work to support a modestly paid occupation.

 

What did you find most valuable about your course at Westminster? How did the skills you learnt during your degree help you to shape your career?

I found the supportiveness and dedication of the course leader Stephen Brookhouse very inspiring. The course was challenging for me due to the type of job I had in the industry, but I learnt how to adapt and I was determined enough to make the best of the situation. The course content provided many transferable skills (legal structures, business acumen) that will continue to be useful in whatever field of work I find myself in.

 

Why would you recommend Westminster as a place to study?

It was a nurturing and supportive environment in which to learn.

 

What was the best thing about being a student in London?

The challenge of learning to be with the loneliness and busyness of the big city. It is an excellent place to study architecture because the professional bodies are located nearby, there are many famous practices building in the city and there are libraries and museums in which to find inspiration.

 

What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing a similar career?

Take up meditation! Learn to be with yourself and to know your judgements and ego. I find that architecture is about everything, so it is worth finding out who you are/what everything is.

 

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself that may be valuable/interesting to our prospective students or alumni?

My first architecture job was in Delhi, and I have taken from this that it is worthwhile to go and work somewhere way outside your comfort zone for a bit.