Hana Shibu from the UK
Why did you choose the Master's programme in Architecture at Lund University?
"The international profile and the flexibility of the programme appealed to me. I also liked the fact that it was possible to apply for exchange studies within this Master's. I think Sweden is very well advertised internationally and I have always felt curious to explore the Scandinavian lifestyle."
What is the best thing about your programme? Do you have any favourite course so far?
"I think the programme offers a lot of flexibility and good resources. I found the theoretical course 'Temporal Landscapes', particularly interesting and I learnt a lot. The course is very well structured with a mixture of presentations, individual projects, seminars and informal discussions."
Have you done any interesting projects during the programme?
"We were assigned a task to design a 'Centre of Encounter', which resulted in a project that I named 'Behind the Skene'. It is located in Lund and consists of three components: 'The Building', 'The Skene' and 'The Wild Garden'. The project is inspired by the ancient wall that once stood at the site, and it aims to showcase the city’s local and historical achievements. When I arrived at Lund, I realised there are so many things that have been discovered, produced and invented there – I wanted to highlight that. I also wanted to create a space where people from all communities could connect and participate as both actors and spectators. The whole project is influenced by juxtaposing themes such as actor and spectator, students and civilians, light and shadow, town and countryside, medieval and contemporary architecture."
What were the most challenging parts of developing the project?
"Structuring the project was probably my biggest struggle. I also spent quite some time figuring out what the best fit for Lund would be."
In what way did the programme inspire and prepare you for the project?
"The programme gave me the freedom to create what I wanted for this project. There aren't any strict guidelines and methodology on this project course, which is quite different compared to my previous university studies in the UK."
What it is like to be an international student at Lund University?
"In a way, it didn't feel like I was in Sweden as I was always surrounded by international students during my classes in Lund. On top of that, I lived in Malmö; which is super multi-cultural. It was great! You are spoilt for choice when it comes to international food and you will find the best falafel wraps ever."
If you would recommend Lund or Malmö to someone, what would you say?
"Lund is really cosy and quirky, while Malmö is cool and alternative with art exhibitions, restaurants and bars – and Copenhagen is just a short train ride away if you are craving some capital city vibes! But in general, the Swedish summer in Skåne is beautiful and I would definitely recommend camping and going for long hikes."
What are you planning to do after your studies? What are your plans for the future?
"I think it's really hard to make plans in the current climate but for now, after my Master's, I am thinking of getting some more experience working in architecture. However, my long-term goal is to be an art director and set designer for films."
Hana's project: Behind the Skene
The Skene is an architectural project consisting of three buildings, that highlights the many achievements of Lund by exploring contrasting themes and bringing people together.
Hana's project was also recognised by the architectural digital platform KooZA/rch, and they published an interview specifically about the project 'Behind the Skene' on their website.
Read the full interview at the KooZA/rch website
Pictures from the project