Chris’ Newcastle University

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Christopher Jaume is the owner of Cooper-King Distillery which he set up and runs with his partner, Abbie. He went to Newcastle University from where he graduated in Architectural Studies in 2008 with a BA Hons.

Heading to uni (in the driver’s seat)

I chose Newcastle University after looking at the uni league tables: it was one of the top in the UK: in the top five for Architecture at the time. Another reason was the reputation of the city itself. I’d never actually been there until the day I drove up with my parents in freshers’ week. I’d visited some other unis further south, but everyone I spoke to about life in Newcastle absolutely loved it.

I had wanted to be an architect from a really young age, I always knew that’s what I wanted to do. GCSE and A level choices were all aimed towards it, and when it came to uni, that was the only option on my list. That was despite every architect I spoke to telling me not to do architecture – including an architect relative I spent some time doing work experience with! But I had a strong image of what the job involved: being able to design and build something, make your mark on the world and change the way people live their lives for the better through architecture.

I had a strong image of what the job involved: being able to design and build something, make your mark on the world and change the way people live their lives for the better through architecture.