Placements and Internships

Can Ozerdem BA (Hons) 2016

DMU graduate Can Ozerdem is employed as an architectural assistant for Saudi Arabian Baytur. He is currently working on 4 hotel towers and podium for Westin and Sheraton in the Jabal Omer development in Mecca. The project is estimated to be worth $450million and is currently one of the biggest projects in the Middle East.

“Currently working in the finishing works department and engineering team, I have earned an important status in the company as I directly work with AAW Consultants and Dar Al Riyadh who provide us with the financial and architectural support. It has been an outstanding experience so far as I have learnt all stages of construction, thanks to my senior site-chief and my constant interaction with the site and our 4,000 workers and experienced colleagues."

Can has been offered employment with Saudi Arabian Baytur on this project until its completion, which is approximately 3 years

Carl Dusu BA (Hons) 2016

'Taking a year out after my BA(Hons) Architecture degree, I decided to spend it in the capital of Ghana, Accra. I’m currently trying to build upon my skills and my portfolio before returning to DMU for my Masters. Working with James Cubitt Architects so far has been a real eye-opener.  Being a British architectural firm who have offices worldwide, it’s been a new experience and is a totally different setting to Architecture School.

Besides working in the firm for the year, I also plan to work and develop a personal project of mine - transforming a shipping container into a self-sustainable living space for a small family. With sustainability being one of the main driving forces in architectural design, I hope to learn as much as possible before returning for the MArch course.

Dilshod Perkins BA (Hons) 2016

Dilshod completed a 2 month internship in China as part of the Generation UKs 3+5 internship programme after his 2nd year on the BA Programme at DMU. He was part of a small design team in Roger Billington Architecture and interior design office in Qingdao, Shandong province. Roger is a British-born designer who operates in cities across China and opened the Qingdao office in 2013.

Dilshod worked on large commercial projects including an underground shopping plaza in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province, designing large open public spaces within the plaza. Also working with engineers, identifying various structural design solutions for the plaza as the 3rd level would become a primary bomb shelter for the city. He sat in on discussions with clients on projects and visited site of a 2000 acre project in Pingdu which is proposed as China's first recreational park and tourist attraction of that scale.

Dilshod says the experience helped him understand the relationship between the knowledge gained in academia and in professional practice. Although his colleagues spoke very little English, he was able to communicate through sketching and digital models using the Mandarin language skills he gained prior to starting the internship on a 3 week language course at Ocean University of China. 

Sohail Gill  BA (Hons) 2014

Sohail is currently working as an Intern at Plasma Studio, in their Beijing office. The practice have additional offices in London and Bolzan and work on all scales from furniture and installations to urbanism and master planning.

Sohail's current projects include Xixian Eco Restaurant which is currently under construction and a Landscape project located in Chengdu, China.

Thomas (Tom) Bush was awarded the commendation in the bronze medal category of the Presidents Medals from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which seek to reward talent and brilliance in the study of architecture. - See more at:

Zoe Mak  BA (Hons) 2014

Zoe has been working as an Intern with internationally renowned architect Shigeru Ban in Japan. 

Read about Zoe's experience 

Vytas Zalys  BA (Hons) 2014

Vytas or 'V' as he likes to be known, is working for A+G Architects a small Loughborough-based practice working mainly on residential and educational projects.

V feels that he is getting everything he expected from a small practice giving him experience in a wide range of areas from working on technical drawings, site surveying and 3D modelling to decision making in design meetings. V feels that these experiences are confidence building and he is enjoying the family atmosphere a smaller practice gives.

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