Originally from Birmingham, I started my architectural education in 2005 completing the BA course in Manchester. I returned to Birmingham for my part 1 work experience working on numerous sheltered housing projects which allowed me to consider the needs of users who are sometimes overlooked in society. I returned to Manchester in 2009 to undertake the B Arch course as I believe Manchester is a vibrant, interesting, and dynamic city to study in. Over the course of the B Arch I have developed an interest particularly in the notion of urban layers and narratives, contextual understandings of place and the importance of place identity. Joining MSA-P this year has allowed me to fully pursue these interests. The reflective design process utilised has led to a methodical approach and a logical argument inspired by contextual research at the outset. Constant questioning of the rationale behind the scheme has led to justification behind every architectural decision. Perhaps the most important lesson learnt this year is that the importance of architecture and its value come from society, culture and community and is not primarily dependent on material or technological advances.