Finding the right practice

It’s important to experience different projects and practices so you know what you want from your architectural career. Rachel Hoolahan, Architect & Sustainability Co-ordinator at Orms and judge of AJ Student Prize has some top tips for finding the right practice for you:

  • Understand the culture of a practice as this may impact whether it’s the right fit for you

  • Find out if you know anyone who works there as this will help you get some useful insights into what it’s really like to work there and the type of projects you’re likely to get involved with

  • Look at the type of work the practice does and how that fits with what you want. Some practices specialise in residential work, where others focus more on commercial projects. The commercial world generally has much bigger, more diverse projects but they are generally a lot faster paced