Life as a Student Architect: Interview with Daniel Rhodes

We spoke to Daniel about his experience in our Sydney practice. Here’s what he had to say:

What do your day-to-day tasks involve?

Assisting the project architect with project requirements. Helping the office manager with anything she may need help with and helping people with tech questions.

What did you expect before you started working with us?

Not a whole lot to be completely honest. I was unsure of how a practice actually works and operates.

I thought I’d probably just be helping around the office rather than actually spending 95% of my time on actual projects – which is a good thing!!

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

Managing my time and meeting project deliverables.

How will your experience here help you with your studies?

It has improved my documentation/presentation skills – just getting daily exposure to these things from actual professionals is invaluable.

What’s something valuable you’ve learnt here?

How a project operates – I wasn’t completely sure how a project goes from concept to built form before I started working here, but getting project time has enabled me to understand the process and get a better understanding of how to successfully run a job.

What’s the best thing about working for BLP?

The workplace experience is invaluable. 

Everybody gets along with everybody else. People are more than happy to take time out of their work in order to help me and answer any questions I may have/take the time to explain things thoroughly.

Why would you recommend undertaking a student position at BLP?

It has been an opportunity for me to get ‘my foot in the door’ in an industry that is typically very hard to find work starting out. Everybody here is friendly and outgoing – I never felt like I was on my own with anything, support was always around.

Expectations on me are higher than what I had expected which enabled me to learn quite quickly on the job by actually participating more and sitting back less.

Life as a Student Architect: Interview with Daniel RhodesChristine Arundell