1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an architectural designer, leading project from pre-planning stages to planning stages. I make sure that the projects run smoothly from deadline to deadline, while paying attention at details and presentations, to produce amazing quality informations in line with the clients expectations and the company inspirations.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my first year of apprenticeship, I have learned new amazing technical skills, such as Rhino 6. But I also found a new passion for model making and experimentation in the field of design process. I also had the chance to learn new skills from the other student such as design presentation, photoshop tools, templates which allowed me to succeed through my first year.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have enjoy every part of the programme, even if sometimes the pressure was there, I have enjoy every bits of my first year. I would say that the least enjoyable part of the programme, would be the military checking on our 20% of the job, our qualification, the constant need to prove our ability to a third party.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I do not have anything bad to say about the organisation or the programme.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive all the support needed from my employer.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I got 100% support from my tutor all year around. They would be there anytime of the week to help us, reply to emails or team catch up. I really have nothing to say than thank you to them.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I would say that the apprenticeship in architecture, help my design and creativity side into my daily job. I would not say that the Y4 helped me in my daily leadership, building regulation or clients/consultant relationship. But this is a learning process and the starting point was creativity before getting deeper into more technical detail element of the architectural apprenticeship.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
Until Covid 19 lockdown, as a company we have a fast range of extra activities such as film club, softball team matches, staff parties, Friday catch up drinks, book clubs, film clubs. I would not join all of them but I would participate as much as I could when no other engagement was in the calendar. Outside work, I would have a normal activity life, dedicating only uni only 1 day over the weekend.
9a. Would you recommend HTA Design LLP to a friend?
- Amazing support throughout all your study - Have the chance to work with amazing colleagues and employers - Employer who look after you and making sure you have everything in hand to succeed - The chance to work on great residential project from small scale to masterplanning over all UK - Be part of a successful team
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to HTA Design LLP?
Just be yourself and show your passion and interest for what you do.