Anna Heck, student
‘Industrial design is an unusual environment, difficult to predict.’
Why did you choose to study in Lausanne?
AH | I didn't choose to study in Lausanne for the town itself, even though the setting is very pleasant, but for the exceptional quality of the education provided at the ECAL and for the international reputation of the school.
What were your first impressions when you arrived in Lausanne?
AH | I lived in the canton of Vaud during my childhood. Arriving in Lausanne, I sensed the contradictory nature of the town - rural and small at the same time, yet also a city of national importance with its museums, festivals, schools and prestigious universities.
Where did you study before starting a course of higher education in Lausanne?
AH | The Auguste Piccard secondary school in Lausanne.
Can you tell us about any memorable events you have experienced during your studies?
AH | This spring, I went to Milan with my class in order to stage an extraordinary exhibition for which we received a fantastic reward: the prize for the best exhibition at the Salone Del Mobile 2014. It was a brilliant experience. After that, we also went to Singapore for a week of workshops with local students, an unforgettable experience!
What are you planning to do after your studies?
AH | Industrial design is an unusual environment, difficult to predict, so I'm leaving all my options open at the moment. When the time is right I'll decide whether to do an internship, get a job or continue my studies by doing a master's degree.
Will you stay in Lausanne after finishing your studies if you have the opportunity to do so? And if so, why?
AH | I don't think so. I'd like to go abroad to gain more global skills. The notion of versatility is important in the job that I would like to do. Nevertheless, Lausanne and Switzerland in general offer plenty of opportunities; even if people leave, I think they still plan to return sooner or later.
Would you recommend Lausanne as a town in which to start your higher education?
AH | Yes, I think that Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud provide high-quality courses of study.
And your fondest memory of Lausanne?
AH | The shores of the lake in summer, early in the morning.
Interview conducted by | Tom Crawford