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Picture shows Ed Kercher's architectural design of a bar area

Ed Kercher

BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology
Graduated 2018

Picture of Solent Alumnus, Ed Kercher.

What do you enjoy most about working in your industry, and what are the biggest challenges?

The best part about working in architecture is that we create something physical that, if designed and constructed well, will last for generations to come. The fulfilment that you get at the end of a project, knowing that you played a part to produce a beautifully designed and executed building, makes the hard work worth it. We are all constantly using buildings every day of our lives, and knowing that you’re a part of the construction of something so fundamental to life is incredible.

How do you feel your studies at Solent helped prepare you for your career?

Solent University gives you the foundations of knowledge to build a solid career within the construction industry. From units in construction to building industry programme training, law-dispute resolution and much more, every part of the course sets you up to be fully prepared to join the building industry as a competent, confident and informed practitioner. I would highly recommend the course to friends and family and do so regularly – the course leaders and access to up-to-date resources make it an enjoyable experience.

What advice would you give to students wanting to follow in your footsteps?

If I were to speak to myself after I graduated I would say get ready to carry on with the learning curve because it doesn’t stop at university. Also, make sure that everything you do, produce and issue is to the highest standard. The primary attribute an architectural technologist needs to perfect is his or her ability to notice the smallest discrepancies and mistakes in drawings before they’re sent out to the wider team.  

If I were to speak to myself after I graduated, I would say get ready to carry on with the learning curve because it doesn’t stop at university.

What’s coming up for you?

I am currently working closely with a colleague from ADAM Architecture and Solent University to write a brief for students where we will be involved in regularly overseeing the students’ work within the first-year final project module. We are excited to see how the first year plays out and what designs the students produce. Solent and ADAM Architecture have had a long-standing relationship which we hope flourishes into the future, creating lots of exciting opportunities for the students.