Read our new Budding Brunels Professional - Architectural Assistant

Aleric is an Architectural Assistant working for Grimshaw Architects and has taken the time out to answer a few questions about the role and what it's like to work at a top Archtiectural firm:

Name: Alaric Campbell-Garratt
Tell us about yourself:  

Who are you, what’s your job, and what company do you work for?

I work for Grimshaw Architects as an Architectural Assistant. I am still qualifying to be an Architect.

Tell us about your position:

Is your role a permanent fulltime one, or part of a graduate scheme? If grad, how does the programme work?

Part time, Wednesday to Friday in correspondence with my Masters course at the London School of Architecture.

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Computer based drawing, model making, emailing, discussing design and ideas with colleagues.

Do you get to go out on site and do practical work?

Occasionally, yes. Architects often go to site to see the progress of projects currently being built.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the design aspect, drawing, sketching and seeing a project come to life that I have had involvement with.

What is the hardest thing about your job?

There are many deadlines to keep to, meaning that organisation is a must. The workload is particularly high at the moment whilst I complete my Masters course.

Tell us about how you got where you are now:

What did you study at university?

Kingston University – Architecture.

What grades did you have to get into that university?

A-Levels (ABB) Art, Economics, Geography

Did you have any other experience before you got the job (work placements, internships etc.…)?

Yes - Architectural Internships, 6 months in an architecture firm. Art-based work experience.

Did you see yourself working in the built environment when you were 16?

No, although I always had an interest for it.

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

Take advantage of as much work experience as possible and try as many new things as possible.

What did you learn at school which you’ve found relevant within the role?

Art and Design. Economics and Maths.

Tell us about your plans for the future:

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Qualified as an Architect. Working within an architecture practice.


Thanks Alaric