BK Talks: Don't panic

Careers you can pursue with a design degree

03 November 2022 18:00 till 20:00 - Location: OOSTSERRE & ONLINE - By: Communication BK | Add to my calendar

On 3 November, the BK Talks 'Don't panic. Careers you can pursue with a design degree' will take place.

The ‘Career prospects’ tags of our faculty’s website state that graduates from the Master Tracks of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment will move into positions in architectural, project development, landscape architecture, urbanism, planning and engineer firms, or into government agencies. Others will pursue education and research positions, or work in business supply, housing corporations and contracting and project development sectors. Graduates may also opt for an academic career and continue their studies at the doctoral level, whereas others will opt to begin their own businesses...

Despite the clarity of those prospects’ descriptions, in this edition of the BK Talks, moderated by Master Track student Ifrah Ariff, we want to expand on them and, also seek alternative paths to design careers. Do we talk enough about becoming communication experts, graphic designers, type designers, tender specialists, photographers, journalists, editors, curators, artists, event managers or wayfinding experts?

The aim of this edition of the BK Talks is to bring together a group of design graduates and to discuss with students topics ranging from the numerous occupations architects and designers can have, to the realities of entrepreneurship, to the working conditions graduates will encounter upon graduation or to the salary they will receive.


Ifrah Ariff
Student of MSc Architecture, TU Delft

Ifrah Ariff is a MSc Architecture track graduation student, who aims to graduate from TU Delft soon. As a prospective job-seeker who is curious about interdisciplinarity in design, she is curious about what careers her skills as a designer can lead her to. She has previously studied and worked in the UK where she has worked on residential projects in the Passive House sector.


Pedro Daniel Pantaleone

Pedro Daniel Pantaleone is an Architect, Artist and Designer based in Rotterdam. In October 2021 he co-founded Studio-Method: an independent Art and Design practice developing contingent design as an approach that eschews the premises of power and control in design in favor of adaptation, appropriation, repurposing, and caretaking, toward convivial and communal practices.

Margarita Salmerón

Margarita Salmerón Espinosa is a Swiss Spanish designer who defines herself as European. She studied architecture in Valencia, Spain and practiced in offices such as MVRDV and Herzog&deMeuron before founding together with Christoph Schindler their design practice schindlersalmerón in Zurich, a furniture firm which focuses in the contract market or as they prefer to call it  Möbelarchitektur / Furnitecture with the strategy of designed in Zurich / made in Europe.

David Leite Viana

David Viana has a post-doc. in Urban Morphology, Ph.D. in Urban and Spatial Planning, and Dipl. Arch. He is head of the Urban Planning Division (Matosinhos Municipality), an established researcher at CEAU-FAUP, assistant professor at UPT, Ph.D. supervisor at ISCTE, an external reviewer at the Chalmers University of Technology, and co-founder and co-chair of the International Symposium Formal Methods in Architecture.

Hans Wamelink

Hans Wamelink studied Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG), obtaining his doctorate in 1993. He then spent more than a decade as a researcher and assistant professor at the Faculty of Technology Management in Eindhoven. In 2006, he returned to TU Delft, to become Professor of Construction Management & Entrepreneurship. Alongside his academic career, Wamelink founded Infocus, a construction management and consultancy business, and spent twenty years as the director. After that, he was a senior consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV. Recently Hans initiated BK-Launch, the platform for innovation and encouragement of entrepreneurship at the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Eline Wieland

Eline Wieland is an independent animator / filmmaker. Graduated as an Interior Architect from the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. She works for a wide variety of clients with a focus on architecture, research and design projects. Resulting in experimental installations, animation films and other digital products.

Practical information

This BK Talks will be streamed live from the Oostserre and can be followed via this link.

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