Students from some of Birmingham’s local schools joined us for our annual work experience programme in July. The weeklong programme was designed to give each student a unique insight into a future architectural career through designing, drawing and model making their own project.
Their brief was to design a sustainable building at the Custard Factory in Digbeth and to consider how the post Covid-19 world has affected the design of workplaces, how to design with sustainability in mind whilst being respectful to the local area.
During their week with us the students went on a site visit, attended a design review meeting, attended masterclasses on architectural drawing and interior design before making their own models with our in-house modelmaking team.
At the end of the week all the students presented their exceptional ideas, and we were blown away by their creativity and enthusiasm. Ideas included providing nesting bird spaces, rooftop crazy golf, sleeping pods, creches, biophilic design and incorporating local references such as graffiti, recycled brick & glass and railway arches.
Feedback from the week was overwhelmingly positive, including:
‘Amazing work experience week. Had such a great time! The fact that we actually visited the site really helped.’
‘It was an informative look into the role of an architect in a firm and a further understanding of being educated in the subject at university. I really appreciated the involvement of senior members of the firm and found it useful to understand how one might develop an idea from a sketch into something more useful and present these ideas.’
‘I’ve learnt so much and am definitely more well informed about Architecture and all of the other related careers. I had such a great time, hopefully real work will be as fun!’
‘It was a really fantastic programme and I applaud you massively for putting it together. It was perfect for giving my son the insight he needed and he is very keen to pursue Architecture.’