Name: Peter Oboko
Course: Architecture student at London South Bank University (LSBU)
Alongside his studies, Peter has started his own specialist printing business for architecture students with the support of LSBU's Enterprise Team.
Why did you choose to study architecture?
I have always been fascinated with the mechanics of a building; how it has been put together, the thoughts and inspiration behind it, and how certain materials are formed and shaped to fit the building. Virtually all of the paintings and artwork I completed in school and college reflect the obsession I have with buildings. I also wrote various essays about the futurists, vorticism and other movements that embodied architecture. I see some buildings as a signature left by the architect for the whole world to see. Even the smallest of structures makes a difference to the surrounding area.
What made you want to study in London?
To study in London is to experience the world in one city. With a diverse multicultural atmosphere, London is unbeatable when it comes to full immersion in a variety of cultures. From my youth until now, I am still finding little gems in London, whether it be a hidden coffee shop in the back of Soho or a private gallery somewhere in Shoreditch. No matter what you're studying there is always some place or something you can do to enhance your experience.
What is the best thing about being a student?
The best thing for me is the learning environment. Not only do you have an opportunity to learn something that you have chosen, you can also make lifetime friends and partners with your fellow students. Being a student is a chance for you to learn about yourself, make mistakes, get up, make more mistakes, get up and win.
Why did you decide to start a business as a student?
Like most businesses, my idea was born from a need. I’m an architecture student and we spend a lot of money on printing. To save costs for myself I decided to use what little resources I had to buy a good printer of my own. After getting a lot of queries from fellow students about who it was that I used to print my work and how much I was paying, I realised I might be able to turn this into a business, providing a printing service tailored to the specific needs of architecture students and practices. It’s now fully established, and with the support of LSBU's Enterprise Team, it really seems to be going from strength to strength.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring or future student, what would it be?
Don't be afraid to be yourself and engage with your fellow students on your course and outside of your course, you can meet some really great people.
This case study was provided by London South Bank University and is published with kind permission.