Learning through practice
I have tried to put in practice what we learn at school from the very early years, and also trying to get added value in my internships, be it a new language or a new city.
Atelier Tiphaine Leclère Architecte
August – September 2015
The first internship I did, where I had the chance to participate in two projects: a reconversion of a single-family house in the city center of Paris into a guesthouse, and the construction of a prefabricated school.
It was an enriching experience to get in touch with the profession, in an environment where I had the chance to get really close to the projects and propose design solution. Also, it posed some interesting challenges, such as having to understand and comply with the urban regulations of Paris, the ‘Plan local d’Urbanisme’.
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
May – December 2017
The experience at SOM was a complete gamechanger for me. I was looking forward to work in the City Design Practice and it was a great experience, where I learnt both many technical skills and also how to frame and discuss ideas.
Being in a large office environment may be sometimes overwhelming, but it offers a vast variety of opportunities to improve and learn from so many talented people.
In addition, the projects in which I was involved were appealing: from a bike plan for Chicago to masterplans for American towns and campuses and plans in Saudi Arabia. I was also grateful to not only propose design ideas, but keep contact with clients and external partners.
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SMAQ Architektur und Stadt GmbH
June – August 2018
A small office with amazingly interesting projects, the time at SMAQ was a great experience to learn from central European influences, which are sometimes neglected at school.
I had the chance to participate in two urban planning projects in Bremen and Berlin and two other architectural projects in Mönchengladbach and Neubrandenburg.
Even if my lack of expertise with German posed a challenge in this internship, it was a way to force myself to improve and an unforgettable experience.
February 2019 –
It is the upcoming step, an experience made possible through an Arquia Fellowship.