28.04.2022

Arkhefield welcomes James + Michelle into the Internships Program

Since its first iteration in 2013, this initiative has facilitated real-world experience, opportunities, and guidance for more than 25 emerging architects and interior designers and has become an important pillar of our ethos as a practice. Throughout their internship, students and graduates are exposed to all aspects of the industry to develop their knowledge and skills in a supportive environment.

This month we welcomed James Brown (architecture) and Michelle Choung (interior design) who have been awarded their internship placement from an incredible pool of candidates. Following their initial application, all shortlisted internship candidates were invited to attend the Super Studio: an all-day design competition where applicants are assessed on their knowledge, thinking, collaboration, and communication. The Super Studio was centred around the theme of social housing and required the students to develop and present a concept design tailored to a specific user experiencing the space.

Embarking on a year as full-time interns, James and Michelle will be immersed in Arkhefield’s day-to-day practice and projects. This grants them first-hand understanding of a project’s progression from concept to completion - something that previous interns have relished as part of the program. This has been a highlight of the internship so far for Michelle, who said, ‘the biggest thing is being able to experience bringing the designs to real life… in uni, everything is very conceptual.’

 

Beyond any one project’s lifecycle, the interns will gain insight to the industry’s broad range of sectors – exposing them to areas they’re unfamiliar with, so they can learn and delve deeper in their interest areas. James is currently drawn to residential architecture and the personal and involved client relationship it requires, while Michelle is interested in educational interior design, and specifically the process of finding the story in a project throughout the concept phase. 

Being embedded within the Arkhefield team facilitates a unique learning environment: a combination of independent and collaborative work, with access to highly experienced professionals for advice and guidance. ‘Everyone is so easy to talk to if you have any questions, or there’s something you don’t know how to do - they’re always open to helping you,’ says James. With every intern keen to develop different skills, from design to documentation to client liaison, we’re confident they’ll emerge from the program with grounded practical knowledge and experience. As we embark on our tenth year of the initiative, we’re proud to continue providing genuine learning opportunities to our interns - and excited to see where their careers will take them. 

2021 Super Studio
Following their initial application, all shortlisted internship candidates were invited to attend the Super Studio: an all-day design competition where applicants are assessed on their knowledge, thinking, collaboration, and communication. The Super Studio was centred around the theme of social housing and required the students to develop and present a concept design tailored to a specific user experiencing the space.