My Work Experience Week by Calum

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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This week we were joined by Year 11 work experience student Calum Taylor from More House School, Farnham.

Calum is currently studying the Design Engineer Construct! ® (DEC!) Level 2 qualification and is looking to complete the Level 3 next year.  These are accredited learning programmes for secondary-school age students, which have been expertly developed to create and inspire the next generation of professionals within the built environment.

As a result, Calum is interested in exploring a career in architecture and this is his first taste of an architect’s practice and getting to grips with the challenge of creating desirable living spaces for growing families!

This is what he had to say after his time at DMA:

Are you now considering a future career in design and construction?

It would appear that there are less and less young people interested in architecture but I am certainly considering a career in design and construction because it is interesting and offers a wide range of jobs.

Can you tell us (before you spent time here at DMA this week) your perceived view of architecture and the role of an architect?

Prior to my work experience here at DMA my knowledge of architecture was limited, but now I understand a lot more about how an architect works, how they operate as members of a team and the methods they use to create buildings.

Has this view changed now and if so how?

I feel that I understand a lot more about the workspace and architects compared to before I came here. This week has helped me understand the overall role of a team of architects better and the work has been interesting.

If you had to describe the role of an architect in three words what would they be?

Important

Sustainable

Challenging

What projects have you worked on here at DMA this week and what did you do?

At DMA I was asked to design a building for two families of six, with family outdoor space. I made the choice to design a small block of apartments that can easily fit all of the things required in the brief, allowing for spacious living space, parking and a garden area. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed thinking of how the layout would work for both families.

What are the key points you’ll take away from you experience here at DMA this week?

Firstly, I now understand how a team comes together to design and construct a building, but more importantly, what it’s like to be in a real work environment. It’s challenging whilst rewarding at the same time.