The Part 1 year out, integrated within the Edinburgh’s undergraduate programme, presented itself as an means to gain experience in practice. I decided to use this chance to experience life in another European country and was able to find work with EFFEKT Architects in Copenhagen.
The highlight of my time at EFFEKT was being able to work on designs for a skatepark in Lemvig, a small town in the north of Jutland. This project was part of a national television programme, and ran across four months of busy work from concept to completion. As a culmination of this effort, I travelled to Lemvig with a few other members of the team to help finish the build and landscaping, in preparation for the public opening.
I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to travel around Denmark, Germany, and Sweden – seeking out intriguing examples of contemporary and twentieth century architecture. In particular, I was fascinated by the work of modernists from Jørn Utzon to Sigurd Lewerentz, and loved seeing their buildings sensitively embedded within the nordic vernacular.