The renowned architecture firm NORR contributed to a students work placement programme, run by the Westminster Career Development Centre and the University Work Placement team, allowing students to experience an insight into a professional environment and learn about the business of architectural practice.
Jane Tankard, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and leader of the work placement module, said: "Our final year Architecture BA work experience placement is extremely popular with students and the profession alike. Many of our undergraduates find their Year Out work placement through the scheme and it has enabled us to forge strong and burgeoning relationships with some of London's best, award winning and cutting edge practices.”
Joseph Hyman, one of the Westminster students who had the chance to work at NORR, said: "My experience at NORR gave me a broad picture of what it’s like to be an architect in practice. The welcoming nature of the team allowed me to work on a wide range of different projects including a hospital, school, office and masterplan. It was the informal chats and trips to site outside the office where I learnt the most about the day to day life of an architect.”
The University of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment also gives undergraduates the chance to gain more insight into the professional world of Architecture with its partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), offering a students’ mentoring scheme, to which NORR successfully joined this year.
The University of Westminster is one of the UK's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment inspiring more than 2,000 students at its teaching base at Marylebone, in central London.