Kamila

Architectural Assistant

I was schooled in Wielun, Poland. I obtained a degree in architectural engineering which I then followed with a Masters in architecture and urban planning in Wroclaw. I was then fortunate to be offered the opportunity to apply for a grant under the Leonardo da Vinci programme, part of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme. I was even more fortunate to be one of a small number of students at my university to be accepted onto the programme.

A key aim of the Leonardo da Vinci programme was to build a skilled and mobile workforce across Europe and to enable this, I received a grant to fund the further enhancement of my architectural career through vocationally learning in another EU member state. 

I applied to architectural practices in England, France, Spain, Austria and Germany and was delighted to receive offers for London, Paris and Majorca. The lure of the holiday island of Majorca was very tempting but common sense prevailed and I accepted a position at well-respected practice Eldridge Smerin (now Eldridge London). My initial placement with the company was a 3-month internship.  At the end of the three months I was delighted to be offered a permanent position as an architectural assistant.

Eldridge Smerin was an award-winning practice who designed bespoke and innovative properties at the higher end of the market and I really 'cut my teeth' there.

I stayed at Eldrige Smerin for 18 months after which time a strange twist of fate led me to Shanly Homes. A friend of a friend was already working here and said what a great company it was with good architectural opportunities and career progression. My friend bagged an interview but, due to unforeseen circumstances was then unable to work for some time and put forward my CV instead.

I've been at Shanly Homes for five years now starting as a graduate architect and progressing to architectural assistant. I'm very happy here. I have a fantastic team of more experienced architects who are extremely supportive and protective of me. I've learned so much and I am very proud when I think of people living in the homes I have designed. It gives me a real sense of creating something that has longevity and is a legacy for the future.

I love being part of a wider team too as it enables me to gain a broader insight into the housebuilding industry and a better understanding of the other factors of development that affect the architecture. 

As a child I loved drawing so I think it was inevitable that I would do something creative. Architecture is perfect for me as it offers the stability of a white collar job whilst enabling creative expression through my designs.