For me, architecture has taken a big portion (and has been going to be a whole) of my mind and heart. As I learned from many shared experiences, I found that architecture does not only talk about job for making money, but it is much beyond! It talks more about passion, how we can get the satisfaction of designing process.
All of those thoughts can not just be learned in a formal class in campus. So much things I must be enriched from practitioners and the other experts of architecture. And, for me, architecture is a skill that I must “learn by doing”, not only by theories. Therefore, I am interested to take an internship in professional architecture firm.
Then when I was searching for firm to join in, I was interested more in RAW Architecture. Instead of being a commercial firm that only focus as a practitioner only, RAW Architecture has the other interesting concerns. RAW Architecture has a passionate intention in educational improvements, for instance the public library called “OMAH”, where many architecture developing programs are offered. I see that RAW always eager to improve its team and eager to share it to the other architects and students. I am amazed how a professional firm can be so that socially responsible. RAW Architecture is immensely bold and innovative in making such creative programs. I hardly found that kind of firm in Indonesia.
RAW Architecture also has a unique ways of working. It breaks the ordinary and does many experiments in solving any problems integratedly. The experiment enable the team to try every possibilities and find uncommon yet effective solutions. I am interested how RAW Architecture think unexpectedly bold, then also be responsible to construct its idea into a real one in unique details. That bold designs also give a better impact to its surroundings. As I observed RAW Architecture’s website and testimonies from my seniors, I found that in RAW Architecture, I will learn integrated ways in designing process.
In this internship program, I want to enrich my design and problem solving skills, how being an impactful architect. I also hope that this opportunity can give me new precious experiences that will be needed in my future profession, from the concept making, communicating with the client, team working, site surveying, and the other phases. I am sure that those skills can only be learned by a lot of practices.
On the other side, I am also interested to learn from Mr. Realrich, as the principal architect. He was ever invited to share his experience in my campus event, then I am interested to his experience in Foster + Partners firm. I am also interested to his humble way of sharing his knowledge. Based on the testimonies from my seniors, Mr. Realrich has a deep inspiring mindset. It corresponds with his high education and his rich experience in architecture. I hope to have direct experience to work and discuss with him, and I am sure it will be very challenging.