As a second year exchange student coming from the UK it was great to have the opportunity to be involved in such a forward thinking studio on the other side of the world. I have had the time of my life in New Zealand, and by studying and travelling here I have not only learnt more about myself as a person, but developed a real sense of who I am as a designer.
Being a part of the DHW Lab has been such a rewarding and insightful experience. Through my studies at AUT I have learnt that I am particularly interested in design for society, environmental design and designing with positive change in mind. I believe that the DHW Lab underpins all of these interests, and has really helped to develop my knowledge and skill set.
In the future I hope to set up my own design studio, and I am sure that I will think back to your studio in Auckland hospital, and what a great collaborative space it is. I have enjoyed working alongside people in healthcare professions, and with people of different design backgrounds. The DHW Lab really is something amazing!
The whole experience of being in New Zealand has truly outdone any expectations I had prior to coming. I have absolutely loved exploring and learning in this beautiful country. I am excited to return to Leeds for the final year of my degree with having had new experiences, insights and developing a fresh outlook on design.
A massive thank you to the team at DHW Lab for having me and being so friendly and welcoming, keep doing what you do! I will no doubt be back in New Zealand as there is still so much exploring to be done, but for now I will look forward to seeing Steve and Reid on the other side in Sheffield!
All the best!