Here we are.
It's been over twelve months since I've wrote an entry in The INTERN Writing Series. It's not for a lack of trying or the dismissal of being an intern - I am still very much an intern at DWA and in the architectural profession, still striving for that first undergraduate degree that eludes me to no end. It's not because I've lost interest in writing or my passion for detailing the work that I do, nor is it the perceived monotony of office work. It's nothing of the sort.
Ever since I've been bumped up to Office Manager, I've been privy to a whole new world that is barely touched upon at university; professional practice. Sure, each program is required to educate students on the basics as dictated by national curriculum, but it hardly scratches the surface of what it really means to run an office (although it's debatable whether or not it is the role of the institution to teach this in greater detail). Nonetheless, it's a necessary skill that is only taught through hard experience - and it's a skill that a lot of students are not exposed to until way past their graduation.
The consequence of becoming entrenched in professional practice is that you become exposed to the inner mechanisms of an architectural office, and things start to shift towards the confidential or discrete. It would be improper for me to make comment on the operations of an office without my name on the front door. It would be entirely improper of me to reveal financials or human resource management. It would be extremely improper of me to divulge professional trade secrets - not to mention, breaking the employee contract.
My work has evolved far beyond the learning experience of being an Architectural Intern; it's still well and truly there, but there are now other factors to consider. I'm not only being taught how to become an architect, but how to become an effective proprietor and entrepreneur which will enable me to become a more effective architect. This doesn't mean that I have no other skills to pass down to you, dear reader; rather, it is not the time for that.
I don't have any regrets about being a part of these changes in the last 12 to 18 months. What I do regret is not being more honest with myself in the process, at the very least with you. The times are changing. There will hopefully be another time in the future when I will continue to write about my experiences in learning the craft; with enough luck and hope that I can pursue what I'm setting out to achieve in the next few years, there will definitely be a time again for this.
But for now, THE INTERN Writing Series will be put on hiatus until further notice.
Until then, there are other things to write about. My term as National President of the Student Organised Network for Architecture is soon approaching, and I have some massive plans that I want to implement for the ~11,000 architecture students of Australia. Hopefully you'll hear about them in a forum that won't be this website. You can also read up on all the previous INTERN entries. There are also other pursuits that will be keeping me busy; I will make sure to document these developments as they happen.
Thank you to all those who have given the time to read these. The random message here and there from students across Australia just to let me know that they enjoyed reading about an average student finding their way in the world of architecture pushed me to keep on going - not to mention the pings from all over the world, the most curious being from countries like Turkey and Egypt.
Until next time.