Student Testimonials

Silvia Doherty

Silvia Doherty

‘I was sad to leave such a creative place as NCAD. International students and UCD students felt at home straight away. The collaboration was in my opinion an ingenious idea of bringing artistic minds together. I learnt how artistic students from other disciplines researched and brain-stormed new ideas. I learnt how to set up an exhibition in a gallery space and I indirectly learnt an abundance more knowledge of which I don’t even realise how useful it is to me till it is sparked up in the future. In three weeks I learnt a lot about City Life through other viewpoints and not just those of an architecture student. We were in the heart of the city and our subjects for inspiration, the people of the city, were within arms reach. The small and intense time frame we had stimulated our creativity and the challenges presented to us encouraged creativity. From lectures and Pecha Kucha seminars to visits to the Gravity Bar and more there wasn’t a moment lost where I wasn’t fed with information and inspiration. It is something I will bring with me in my future studies and creations. I hope that this collaboration between NCAD and UCD will grow and grow to inspire and create magnificent new ideas for the future.’

Silvia Doherty
BSc in Architectural Science
University College Dublin


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Priscila Lyra

‘The UCD International Summer School was an outstanding experience. It was one month of totally new discoveries about Dublin Architecture. I could learn in a more relaxing way, which helped me in the creative process and in the development of ideas. The diversity of the subject of the talks gave me a better understanding of the city’s dynamic. The visits to some brilliant works were an encouragement to a reflection of how design ideas can work as problem solutions, which was really inspiring. Also I could learn new methods and ideas of concepts representation, which is extremely important for any architect. It was not only an experience that I will be able to apply in my future career, but a change in perspective that I will take for the rest of my life.’

Priscila Carrico Villachan Lyra, 5th of August 2014
Architecture & Urbanism
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil