Two architecture students from the London Borough of Newham, Sahar Pathan and Khalida Ahmed completed 6 week placements with two of London’s leading architecture practices, ‘PRP Architects’ and ‘MAKE’ where they have been working on the Chobham Manor Project . These opportunities were brokered by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in partnership with the architecture firms, national homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey, London Legacy Development Corporation and one of London’s largest residential developers, L&Q. The young women have gained invaluable hands-on experience and were awarded with certificates, iPad minis and a grant for the completion of their placements.
An end of placement celebration event was held on Thursday 11th September 2014 at the Chobham Manor Marketing Suite during which the young people gave presentations about their experiences at the firms and showcased the work that they had been involved in.
Khalida Ahmed said of her six week placement with PRP Architects:
“I am so pleased to have had the experience of working at PRP Architects, it has given me an insight into what it is like working for an architecture firm. The people at PRP have been extremely friendly and very helpful. This placement has allowed me to put to use my existing skills in software such as ‘Photoshop’ and build contacts which I can maintain during my studies and into my future. The placement has also allowed me to build my confidence, with new acquired skills which will become a stepping stone for my future career in architecture.
“I now feel more motivated to continue to pursue my career in architecture and I am especially interested in residential architecture which is an area that PRP Architects are well-known in. I am passionate about residential architecture because when designing a home you are thinking about the family who are going to live there for the next 50 years and that personal consideration with the building is what is important to me.”
Sahar Pathan also had very positive things to say about her six week placement with ‘MAKE Architects’:
“Working at MAKE Architects has been great; everyone made me feel really welcome. During my placement, I focused on model making and some design work, as those are the areas that interest me. I’ve also had a chance to go on two site visits, attend client meetings and was given the opportunity to include some of my work into the design and access statements. I’ve learnt quite a lot over the six weeks and I feel I’ve been able to develop new skills which will help me greatly in my future studies. I’ve had an enjoyable experience at MAKE Architects, I think what’s most valuable is that it’s given me an idea of how a firm works – it’s helped me understand what careers in architecture are really like. It has also boasted my confidence and motivated me to continue studying architecture and complete my part two and three.”
Sahar also expressed her excitement about the scale and stage of the Chobham Manor project that she was working on, she proclaimed:
“I never thought I would have the chance to work on such a big project at this stage and when it is finished I can tell people that I helped with bits of that.”
A third student, Ioana Tamas who had recently graduated from the University of Greenwich gaining her part one BA degree in Architecture also applied for the placement although she impressed the selection panel so much that she was offered a one year placement with PRP Architects that she accepted and started 3 weeks ago.
Ioana Tamas remarked:
“I was very surprised when I received a call from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. They informed me that whilst I hadn’t been successful in gaining the 6 week placement, the panel were very impressed after my first interview and therefore PRP Architects would like to further interview me for a one year paid placement instead. I feel very lucky. I had put a lot of preparation into my application and I’m delighted that I’ve been offered a one year paid placement so soon after completing my part one. I am very grateful to PRP Architects for offering me this opportunity.”
For more information about this work experience placement, please contact Rachel Wicks, Programme Officer on Rachel.email@example.com / 020 8100 2800.