Elizabeth Clark

Elizabeth Clark

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Architectural Engineering

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She wants to help create more sustainable buildings for future generations, says Elizabeth Clark who is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Architectural Engineering.

“Taking courses on building information modelling and sustainability through architectural design sparked my interest in this field. I’d absolutely recommend the architectural engineering degree to anyone who wants a great combination of civil engineering, structural engineering, building services engineering and architecture. This degree is evolving with the industry, and is innovative, challenging and very rewarding.”

She already had quite a few highlights in her studies so far.

“I’ve particularly enjoyed learning software like Revit; an innovative program that enables us to model any type of building and see how it performs in different environmental conditions. I also like that the projects we’ve been given throughout our degree are very diverse and all have a component of creative freedom.

“One thing I’m especially proud of is that a report I wrote on insulation in my second year at AUT was put forward for judging for the annual Architectural Science Association (ASA) conference. Another highlight for me was my largest individual project to date, which involved designing and modelling a retreat from scratch for one of my courses. That was my favourite achievement so far and it was so rewarding to see the final product.”

The right choice
As someone who had always been interested in both architecture and engineering, Elizabeth was immediately hooked when she discovered the architectural engineering degree.

“I really enjoyed the creativity of graphics and the challenge of physics in high school, and always tossed up between studying an engineering or architectural degree at university. I chose the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Architectural Engineering because it offers a great combination of both career paths. It’s a degree that is innovative and is evolving with the world we live in today.”

AUT stood out to her because she wanted more than just a university degree.

“I chose AUT because of the innovation through technology and software they teach. It was important to me to get the most out of my degree. I wanted to be sure that when I approached employers I could stand out from other candidates.”

Advice for other students
Now in the third year of her degree, Elizabeth has some great advice for other students.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help throughout your degree; there is support everywhere.”

She herself had plenty of support throughout her studies so far, but one particular situation stands out to her.

“One of the biggest challenges I’ve had was trying to find an internship in the industry. Fortunately, AUT helped build the bridge between us students and industry professionals through numerous workshops and industry events. Once I secured an interview, I had the support from the employability and career team at AUT to help practise and prepare for the interview.”

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