Monalisa supplemented her training in architecture with a Master of Property, adding a whole new dimension to her knowledge and experience.
Cities in the future will need to be dynamic in terms of buildings, people and lifestyle. Property managers, developers and people with different skill sets will all need to collaborate to serve this future culture.
I completed a Bachelor of Architecture in 2007, and since then have been working in different design firms and building my own architecture practice. I’ve realised that there is a huge gap in the way architects and property developers think – there is constant tension between creativity and commercialisation. I aspire to reduce this gap and design and execute building creatively while also generating profit for developers.
A masters degree in property will help me understand the discipline of property development in depth, from the financial matrix to property valuation and many other things. This will help me understand both sides of my profession.
I chose to study at RMIT because in my research I found that RMIT is among the best universities for architecture, construction, project management and property.
RMIT also has a lot of initiatives to help make students more employable at graduation: career and employability workshops, a job store that helps you with your resume and cover letter, a portal listing local job opportunities, and an industry mentoring forum which is a great way to connect with people in the industry and receive information and guidance. I’ve been quite proactive in taking advantage of these initiatives and have already started building a network of contacts.
RMIT is a great place to study, with really knowledgeable people around to support and inspire you. If you seek mentors in your field who have already walked the path, and you are open to new ideas and new experiences, your journey will always be interesting and rewarding.