Joep Bastiaans - "Honours takes you out of the Architecture bubble"

Sunday 16th of October 2016

Posted by Honours Association

Joep Bastiaans. Bachelor’s student. Aged 21. 3rd-year Studying Architecture, organized the Business at University event for D.B.S.G. Stylos and follows the Honours programme. Enjoys running and is active in the Jonge Democraten (Young Democrats) of the D66 party. Sleeps seven hours a night.

Why the Honours programme?

I have a wide range of interests. The Bachelor’s degree programme in Architecture did not provide enough challenge for me on its own. The Honours programme brought me into contact with people who are just as motivated as I am, and come from many different faculties. This is very stimulating and helps us as Honours students to look beyond the boundaries of our own programme. It takes us out of the Architecture bubble.

Best Honours subject or project?

For me it’s the inter-faculty Leadership course. This course doesn’t teach you a particular skill such as sketching, but it’s about you as a person. About who you are and why you make certain choices. What I really appreciate about this course is that it makes you think. To give an example: we have to describe ourselves in core values. That is really something new for a TU Delft student! For myself, I came to persevering, dedicated and critical. So I gained some new insights into myself.

How do you combine your studies and the Honours programme?

It goes fairly automatically. The energy that I get from Honours helps me to carry on.

What would you change in the Honours programme?

If we want to change anything as Architecture students, we already have the opportunity to make a proposal and organise it. So I wouldn’t know what else needs to be changed. Maybe we could organise something centrally with Architecture students more often. Recently I organised a meeting for Architecture students. It was enjoyable as well as useful to get together with everyone.

What is your personal Honours highlight?

The ‘interests reception’ that I organised. We had good speakers as well as former Honours students with inspirational stories, to give you ideas for your own Honours programme.

What will you be doing in 5 years’ time?

Then I’ll be chief government architect of the Netherlands, ha ha. Well, to be slightly more realistic: I’ll be working on better planning for slum districts. In any case I want to do something to make the world a bit better.

What is your weirdest or most useless talent?

I’m really good at getting live onto the radio while I’m pulling an all-nighter studying. The counter already stands at four. Always in the middle of the night!