Hello, my name is Clare Joe Padilla, and I am a third-year architecture student in University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea. I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Wales most of my life. I am pro-active individual wishing to make a positive contribution in what I do with fresh and innovative ideas. I wanted to do architecture, as I enjoy implementing creativity and precision through complex functional designs and projects. And ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by how our surroundings are built and designed.
My final year project Is a ‘Welsh Heritage Centre’ In Pontypridd. The proposal has laboratories where DNA sampling takes place, and an exhibition of the Heritage of the South Wales Valleys. The exhibition is on the first floor with views of the Ynysangharad park and River Taff. At the centre of the building is an atrium which gives access to all facilities including a café on the ground floor. A quarter of the ground floor has private access to the labs and workshops. In terms of materiality, this design was inspired by the surroundings, using the natural cladding materials: slate and timber which harmonise with each other.