Returning to Sheffield. Working from home and a new practice.

An Introduction…

When not walking the dog, running, or listening to music you will find me sat behind a desk working on Architecture projects.

Studying 3 years Undergraduate Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University, I have felt a part of the city’s Architectural dialog, representing the course as Publicity officer and eventually Co-chair in my final year. After two years of practical experience I am looking forward to returning to the University this month part-time through the apprenticeship scheme.  I have the perfect opportunity, working for an enthusiastic, supportive practice and studying to become a chartered Architect while doing so.

My main attention when designing looks on spaces to promote positive acts environmentally and socially. Tectonics, placement and the orientation shape the way that they are used. Encouraging convenience and appropriate relationships between spaces of different function drives good design, becoming self-explanatory with the correct layouts. Finding out the real drivers behind the client’s brief and building the project around this is what gives me the most satisfaction. Working this through collaboratively with the team and understanding client’s requirements and needs is something that I continue to look forward to applying to projects with Thread.

Working between offices in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in my previous practice, I found my first year and half of experience revolving around early mornings and late evenings. Commuting to and from the different offices. It kept the weeks interesting, working with different teams, environments and projects has emphasised what I want out of my career. During my time on placement so far I have been exposed to the decision making that shapes a building from concept to occupied space and have been heavily involved in large government framework projects, producing digital models, drawing packages and presentation material at all RIBA work stages.

Current Perspective…

While adhering to the government’s guidelines and working at home more regularly, collaborating with the team across the country has promoted a different working dynamic than I am used to. This has emphasised the skills I have learnt to date and how much more independent I have become within my role in the architectural practice.

With everyone currently spending more time in their homes, my first 6 months at Thread have encouraged me to think more about the spaces that we occupy and how they change to fit our requirements. With the home becoming both the office and place of rest, separating these acts has become essential to keeping a healthy mental well-being. It has been important to remember to separate work and rest. While this becomes tricky when your morning commute becomes an 11 step walk downstairs to the worktable. It is also important to remember the essentials of what a working environment should embody. E.g.  Working in a light and naturally lit space, having breaks and staying in regular contact with the team.

My first months with Thread, albeit more virtually than first envisioned, have been extremely positive and productive. I have appreciated the team’s proactive approach and already feel a valued member of their dynamic team. I cannot wait to continue to work more in the Sheffield office, on site and alongside the team and clients.