Team - Reflection Letter

Regina Chandra -Melbourne University

This internship was my first work experience, and I am grateful that I’ve got the opportunity to do my internship here. The office has helped me to develop constructive working habit that I could carry on to wherever I will go next, be it in context of professional ethics or design method. The interns were also not treated only as a mere helper to lessen the burden of work. The associates and the designers were very patient in guiding us, and despite lacking the skill to do certain job they still entrusted us to do it so we could learn, although it means extra job for them to teach and sometimes to fix the work. Knowing how some office would consider teaching beginners as bothersome job makes me appreciate it even more. The people at RAW has helped me to make the transition of learning from formal architecture education to the real practice as easy as possible, although I am also a bit wary now as I have unrealistic expectation of how an architecture office should be like.

In addition to learning a lot about architecture, I have learned as much from the people I met during the past 4 months. On one of our weekly monday meeting I remember Kak Rich said that if you got stuck, you should be careful because it could be an indication that you are being autistic and only going around in your own world. As an introvert, I have probably got stuck and going around in my own world for quite some time, and working here was a quite good wake up call to venture into new things that I was not aware of before. Everyone I encountered here has something new and positive to teach, and working together with them for long hours gives you no choice but to pick up some of their contagious passion and enthusiasm.

Finally, thank you for the valuable learning opportunities and for letting me be a part of this unique office during the 4 months of my internship. Keep growing, keep teaching and keep being inspiring
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Oleh Realrich Sjarief

Founder of RAW Architecture

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