Personality profile: Arran Thornton Roxburgh

Arran Thornton Roxburgh is a third-year architecture student at Monash University. He is a motivated student who is excited about learning new skills. He is willing to work hard to achieve his goals and dreams. He is a supportive and friendly person and is always ready to help other students.

Name: Arran Thornton Roxburgh

Preferred name: Arran Roxburgh

Nick name: Arran

Place of birth: Thame, England

Education: Balwyn High School and Monash University

Favourite architecture quote: My favourite architecture quote is one by Frank Gehry where he said, “A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”

Favourite building at Monash: My favourite building at Monash is the Caulfield Library with its unique and elegant façade hosting unique angles.

Favourite architecture experience: My favourite architecture experience was a trip I took to Japan where I was toured around Tokyo Tower during the night in a convoy of Go-Karts.

Favourite architecture book/magazine/movie: My favourite architecture magazine is the AA or Architecture Australia Magazine.

Biggest architecture influence: My biggest architecture influence is Bernard Tschumi and his Adaptive Reuse structures. His buildings and structures such as parc de la Villette has been precedents for multiple projects I have completed during my time at Monash.

Favourite assignment: My favourite assignment was during the Civic Necklace Moonee Ponds Creek Cooling lines studio. My partner designed a container park that was home to a port museum, farmers market and an outdoor theatre.

Most helpful architecture lesson you’ve ever been taught: a lesson during studio was conducted where we were taught unique and effective model making techniques and were then shown how to photograph these models and use them to create perspective, section and elevation drawings. It was very eye opening to techniques I hadn’t yet considered and have used ever since.

Most useful computer program for design studio: I use Revit on the daily to generate 3D forms, however the programs that I have always needed and never let me down is Rhino and Illustrator as they are the tools that refine drawings to a finalized form.

Best trick to learn early at MADA: One of the most important tricks to learn early at MADA is adding life and programs to your drawings. Even just by adding people, it very clearly expresses the scale of the project, how the spaces are used and what kind of activities are included.

Most useful drawing type for design assignments: E.g. Diagram, section, plan, elevation, perspective, etc: The most important drawings and the drawings I believe explain the most is carefully thought through diagrams and perspective drawings.

Hand drawing or computer modelling: Computer modelling however sometimes is useful to have a hand drawn base to begin working over on the computer.

Favourite architecture theory or style: although a lot of the buildings can be overpowering and dull I love learning about Brutalism and the statements the buildings can make.

What product do you use the most of on architecture work: The number one product I use is super glue and can go through around 20 tubes a semester.

Favourite year of study at MADA: I thoroughly enjoyed the first year as that was the experimentation stage and was allowed to experiment with different materials and different model techniques. One of my favourite models I made that year was one I casted from 100% jelly.

What type of building would you love to design the most: I would love to design a primary school that is tightly knitted to its site and vegetation allowing classrooms to be both indoors and outdoors.

Do you prefer details or overall form: It is all in the detail.

Preferred methods for stress management: Although very unhealthy, the best form to manage stress is to ensure I allow for a night off every week to indulge in a copious amount of KFC.


After obtaining his bachelor degree, Arran is planning to continue his study to get his Master degree in Architecture. He hopes to finish his architectural studies by 2021 and start his professional career in the field of architecture and design.