Innovations in engineering and architectureaffect modern life and developments in these disciplines can improve our lives,contributing positively to model the world in which we live. The fast andunceasing expansion of urbanization requires designing not only comfortable andsolid but also minimal-environmental impacting buildings.
I was excited tostudy Engineering and Architectural Design to take part in the challenge ofsatisfying the needs of a growing population, providing solutions helpingpeople to live sustainably. Longevity is another engaging aspect of engineeringand architecture: engineers and architects build structures, which outlivetheir designers and bear witness relationship between humans and space. I wasborn near Florence and I could appreciate what Michelangelo gave us: his firstimportant architectural projects, the facade of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, theMedici Chapel and the Laurentian Library, considered a turning point inarchitectural history, have stood as monuments to the Italian Renaissanceperiod, surviving through many centuries of history. The area of engineering and architecture will enableme to combine my fascination with design, my enthusiasm for solving practicalproblems and my desire to work with other people. Leaving Italy and studying in England hasgreatly improved my language skills and enhanced my independence, confidenceand ability to relate to people from different backgrounds. I particularly enjoy studying the laws of motion ofphysical objects, the forces that cause the motion and understand the behaviourof the smallest particles, electrons, neutrons and protons.
Generally, physics has provided me with thequantitative skills needed for analysing data and solving scientific problems,and a strong preparation for potential further study in engineering. Physics isthe 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 ownlanguage, it is exactly these complexities, which stimulate me. I enjoy studying how chemistry deals with forming newsubstances from different basic materials, and understand different chemicaldeterioration mechanisms, which act upon buildings and are likely to damagetheir structure, as well as mechanical stress. Chemistry interests me becauseits innovations give an important contribution in developing products andmaterials, 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 DesignTechnology or Arts Art inEngland, but in Italy I has been introduced to the design process,short design, and I made projects in wood, plastic and metal, used ComputerAided Design (CAD) and learned drawing techniques. In order to discover more about thecareer related to engineering and architecture, last summer I spent two weeksvisiting some of my father’s construction sites with him.
There, I could understandhow a pillar can increase the stability of the building and that a concreteroof weighs a lot, then requires more support than a wooden roof. There I couldmeet architects and appreciate how they designed the space to meet clientneeds, as well as the aesthetic appearance of the building. In addition, Icould get in touch with engineers and understand how they made constructionsafe and functional, by selecting structural materials, determining thestructural 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 NationalItalian Ski Team, where I can say I understand what team-work means and thatdedicating your time for your passion is fundamental. An important strength Igained was trying to achieve the best in every possible situation.
I am awareof how difficult Engineering and Architectural Design is, but I am sure theskills I have acquired, combined with my determination, enthusiasm, capacityfor hard work and an open and inquiring mind, lead me to believe that I can do it.