Designs on a dream job

Published: 16 Jun 2016

Name: Fiona Logie

Age: 22

Job title: architectural assistant on placement at TCD Architects

Works at: TCD Architects

Qualifications: BSc Architecture – currently studying MArch course

Fiona Logie

What does your role involve?

I work within a close-knit team at TCD, an RIBA and RIAS chartered practice based in the city centre of Aberdeen. My role varies on a daily basis due to the diverse range of clients the company works with.

While in the office I spend time producing drawings on AutoCAD software, ensuring that plans are drafted to project specifications. Liaising with clients is a key part of my role, and one that I really enjoy – working together throughout the design process is an exciting part of what I do.

Every day I work alongside the senior management team at TCD, who have a wealth of experience in the architectural profession – something I’m eager to make the most of to help me develop and become the best architect I can.

Best thing about your role?

There are so many things I love about this position, especially the sheer variety of projects that I’m involved in. From commercial developments including a restaurant extension and holiday homes to custom built industrial and commercial buildings for oil and gas service companies – I’ve seen so much at this early stage of my career.

I am also very fortunate to be learning from such an experienced team at TCD who have directed me through these projects from initial client liaison stages and planning processes to going out on site to assess progress on jobs.

Coming to the close of a project is a particularly satisfying part of what I do, seeing a job through from design and planning to completion gives me a real sense of achievement.

Your job’s biggest challenge?

The most challenging aspect of my role is learning to use various different programmes – in particular adapting to new 3D software. As a young architect – about to start my master’s programme – I’m still very much in the educational process and therefore have to think on my feet a lot which can be tricky bearing in mind there is no margin for error.

Architecture is a fast-paced industry and working within a practice requires good time management skills, but calmness is key to creativity and the team at TCD have an atmosphere which allows me to relax, focus and complete each job to the best of my ability.

Best career advice?

Brushing up on basic skills such as time-management and working to deadlines as the intensity of this industry could catch you unawares – sticking to agreed schedules is definitely a key thing to work on.

I would also recommend undertaking as many placement opportunities as possible. Despite being just 22, I already recognise that this current role has benefitted me immensely and will undoubtedly help me in the future as I look for job opportunities upon completing my masters programme.

What’s your dream?

My dream is to become a fully qualified and chartered architect, and to work in a vibrant, experienced office – just like I am now at TCD. Architects and designers are creative people and all of my life I have been artistic – that’s why this is the career for me.

I want continue working in a team that’s innovative and forward-thinking, and hopefully I’ll get to work on some major projects which will be prominent within a town or city and make a significant difference to society.

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