Rowie Huijbregts – “A real Jack of all trades”
Who is Rowie?
Twenty-two years old, doing the Master’s track in Real Estate and Housing and the Bachelor’s and Master’s honours programme. Likes to sing really, really loud at home and in the choir ‘Cantiamo’.
Why the honours programme?
I was looking for more of a challenge and broadening my knowledge (beyond Architecture). That was what attracted me to the honours programme – along with the trip to Rome!
Favourite honours course/project
The trip to Rome was fantastic. It was preceded by a project, and I gave my lecture on Caravaggio while we were actually standing next to one of his paintings. I wore a headset and the others had headphones, because we were only allowed to whisper in the museum. We spent whole days walking around Rome; every street stone we encountered was accompanied by an anecdote and we saw an incredible amount of those. It was genuine on-site research.
How do you combine your studies with the honours programme?
I’m doing it so that I can broaden and deepen my knowledge, but in the back of my mind I know that the HPD is an extra bonus. The key word is balance. I try not to make too big a deal of it to myself, because that leads to stress. It’s essential to plan well and spread out the modules. What’s more, you shouldn’t set up your HP all by yourself, because setting up your own modules naturally takes more time. So it’s also important to achieve a balance between creating your own modules and following the standard honours modules. I set up a course on architectural photography.
What would you like to see changed in the honours programme?
I’d like the lecturers to have a better understanding of what the honours programme involves. In my experience, honours students are often branded as an elite club who do extra modules. It would be great if lecturers had a better understanding of what we do, why we’re doing it and appreciate the added value of this. Honours students really don’t want to be branded and certainly not pre-judged. We’re sometimes portrayed as the ‘weirdos who are the last to leave the classroom.’
For this reason, I also have some difficulty with the term ‘excellent student’, something we’re often called. That’s not what we are, and certainly the students often don’t feel that way. We’re motivated students with a tremendous drive to broaden or deepen our knowledge … but we’re not excellent yet!
Your personal honours highlight?
I completed an extra 23 ECTS in my Bachelor’s honours programme. Although my honours programme consisted mainly of separate courses, it was an extra package of experience and knowledge. Another highlight was meeting new people through the honours programme who have the same attitude, in the sense that they love to be challenged and go beyond the standard study programme.
In five years I….
…would like to be a PhD student at TU Delft. I’ll have to graduate first, of course. But if that doesn’t work out or if there isn’t a place for me, I think I’d also really enjoy teaching; teaching a group of motivated students. I’m also interested in how to apply architectural theory in practice.
What is your craziest useless talent?
Singing so loud that the whole house can hear me. And I love organising things, like color-coding my books on the shelf.
“Putting 12 ambitious people together is not always a recipe for success.”
Honours students: “The weirdos who are the last to leave the classroom.”