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Supervisor | L'ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique - Shanghai University Fine Art & Design faculty

Diploma of Architecture (MA) - 2010

The level of advice and support I received from David Green and Kate Heron in particular, and also from the student support team during my paternal bereavement process, was invaluable in allowing me to successfully complete my course.

What are you doing now?

Nigel Anthony Reading RIBA is a Hong Kong + Australia raised, London educated, ARB-UK-registered architect and designer, he is of Anglo-Australian nationality, Eurasian heritage and is a 3rd generation Hong Kong permanent resident.

He's a design, construction and operations optimisation method pioneer and via the Asynsis principle - a sustainable design, glocal-savvy, thought-leader.

Chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, founder member of RIBA-HK chapter, UCL Built Environment Club HK+SH, member Lighthouse Club HK and also recently USGBC LEED GA accredited.

His work is supported by UKTI GREAT Festival of Creativity Campaign, RIBA-HK and TED Conferences - along with former University Alumni Associations and Design Faculties at Kingston, Westminster and University College London.

He practices in Hong Kong, Shanghai & London, has taught design in London & Shanghai (Architectural Association School and L'ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique), and has been published in AD Magazine, The Architect's Journal, Perspective, China Daily, Elle Men China, South China Morning Post and on TED.com, his latest work can be found via http://about.me/asynsis and you can follow him on Twitter, Scoopit and Facebook.

 

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?

The chance to develop my design development thinking for both product design and larger scale architectural projects and also, via the computer science faculty, my design research programme.

 

Why would you recommend Westminster as a place to study?

The level of advice and support I received from David Green and Kate Heron in particular, and also from the student support team during my paternal bereavement process, was invaluable in allowing me to successfully complete my course.

This lead to my being published for both my design and theory work in 1994 (AD Magazine) and 1996-7 (AJ Magazine), while still a RIBA Part 2 – Part 3 candidate student. Please see http://Asynsis.com and https://Asynsis.wordpress.com

 

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

The quality of the education and the cultural and intellectual stimulation of all the other institutions and attractions of this great global city.

 

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

Speak to practising architects who have lived through the entire process up to and including founding their own consultancies like Asynsis.

 

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?

As an environmentally sustainable design-experienced architect (designing and delivering green buildings including for the BBC and Kerry-Shangri-La); by education, training and experience – both advocating and practising first-principles, holistic thinking in world-beating, glocal-savvy innovation and sustainability design; (through interiors, building to city scale), comes as second nature.