Innovations chemistry deals with forming new substances from


Innovations in engineering and architecture
affect modern life and developments in these disciplines can improve our lives,
contributing positively to model the world in which we live. The fast and
unceasing expansion of urbanization requires designing not only comfortable and
solid but also minimal-environmental impacting buildings. I was excited to
study Engineering and Architectural Design to take part in the challenge of
satisfying the needs of a growing population, providing solutions helping
people to live sustainably. Longevity is another engaging aspect of engineering
and architecture: engineers and architects build structures, which outlive
their designers and bear witness relationship between humans and space. I was
born near Florence and I could appreciate what Michelangelo gave us: his first
important architectural projects, the facade of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the
Medici Chapel and the Laurentian Library, considered a turning point in
architectural history, have stood as monuments to the Italian Renaissance
period, surviving through many centuries of history.

The area of engineering and architecture will enable
me to combine my fascination with design, my enthusiasm for solving practical
problems and my desire to work with other people. Leaving Italy and studying in England has
greatly improved my language skills and enhanced my independence, confidence
and ability to relate to people from different backgrounds. I particularly enjoy studying the laws of motion of
physical objects, the forces that cause the motion and understand the behaviour
of the smallest particles, electrons, neutrons and protons. Generally, physics has provided me with the
quantitative skills needed for analysing data and solving scientific problems,
and a strong preparation for potential further study in engineering. Physics is
the basis for engineering: buildings must be not only aesthetically pleasing but also structurally solid,
statically stable and able to withstand tensile stress and compressive forces. While many students do not appreciate chemistry,
because it involves mathematics, it is difficult to absorb, or it has its own
language, it is exactly these complexities, which stimulate me. I enjoy studying how chemistry deals with forming new
substances from different basic materials, and understand different chemical
deterioration mechanisms, which act upon buildings and are likely to damage
their structure, as well as mechanical stress. Chemistry interests me because
its innovations give an important contribution in developing products and
materials, which help to build construction with minimal environmental impact,
such as high-performance spray foam insulation, which lowers energy costs,
keeping heat and cooled air inside a building. I was unable to choose Design
Technology or Arts Art in
England, but in Italy I has been introduced to the design process,
short design, and I made projects in wood, plastic and metal, used Computer
Aided Design (CAD) and learned drawing techniques. 

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In order to discover more about the
career related to engineering and architecture, last summer I spent two weeks
visiting some of my father’s construction sites with him. There, I could understand
how a pillar can increase the stability of the building and that a concrete
roof weighs a lot, then requires more support than a wooden roof. There I could
meet architects and appreciate how they designed the space to meet client
needs, as well as the aesthetic appearance of the building. In addition, I
could get in touch with engineers and understand how they made construction
safe and functional, by selecting structural materials, determining the
structural members of the design, and specify the electrical, heating,
ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing systems.

 

My ability to be disciplined,
well-organised and hard-working has been proven as a member of the National
Italian Ski Team, where I can say I understand what team-work means and that
dedicating your time for your passion is fundamental. An important strength I
gained was trying to achieve the best in every possible situation. I am aware
of how difficult Engineering and Architectural Design is, but I am sure the
skills I have acquired, combined with my determination, enthusiasm, capacity
for hard work and an open and inquiring mind, lead me to believe that I can do it.

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