WORK EXPERIENCE AT LSI ARCHITECTS
Architecture student Tom Goodby joined us on a 12 week work placement this summer. Here’s what Tom thought of his time working at LSI Architects.
For many years LSI Architects have been recognised as a special practice for its investment in the local community and young people, receiving numerous awards such as ‘best place to work in the East of England’ in 2014 from Architects’ Journal. Now I understand why!
As a part one student, in my second year I was offered twelve week’s work placement and I have been amazed at the variety of tasks I have been given and the supportive way LSI has developed my skills and confidence. Every day and every week is different. In the early weeks I worked on a prohelp scheme assisting with a feasibility report which involved researching, drawing and attending a site meeting. Subsequently I have contributed to a range of projects of varying sizes: leisure, work place, health and retail. I have been given ArchiCAD training allowing me to create block plans and landscape models to assist in the early phases of projects. I have used my Photoshop skills to develop concept sketches and drawings for presentation. More recently I have been working on a design guide outlining original intentions and strategies, and illustrating key themes and materials through images and sketches. In addition I have been contacting suppliers to create a samples board for two projects nearing completion. While at LSI I have also had the opportunity to attend site meetings and visit the newly built Norfolk UTC. I will return to university with a better understanding of the process and stages of building and have learnt more effective and time efficient ways to work.
Monday morning meetings helped to give me a further insight into what a real practice is like. Everyone can see the work of each studio and the practice as a whole. The studios at LSI are made up of a mix of architects and architectural technicians, who work together in caring and dynamic teams. I felt comfortable remarkably quickly because the atmosphere is very friendly, welcoming and supportive; this is exemplified in the pitch and putt afternoon and barbeque I was invited to in my second week. I enjoy being with interesting individuals and having the opportunity to move around and work with different people so the time is going fast. This work experience has been inspiring, invaluable and confidence building, and has strengthened my ambition to be an architect.
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