Architecture graduate Zoe Mak realised her dream by landing an Internship with internationally renowned architect Shigeru Ban. Read Zoe's experience below:
Shigeru Ban has been my architect idol since I started my first year at DMU. So when I received an email confirming that I can intern for 3 months at their office in Japan I was over the moon!
Despite not knowing any Japanese at all, there was no problem communicating with staff. Most of them knew English so they were very patient explaining things to you. I was very lucky to be part of the competition team within my first month, (which won first prize! Tainan Museum of fine Art) from producing study models, and drawings to final presentation boards. We had regular meetings with Mr Ban and just like crits (but in a tense atmosphere), everything had to be prepared and displayed and at every meeting there were new items on the table. In Japan, models have to be immaculate.
This internship was a life-changing experience. I met my idol, became close friends with other interns and staff and I was the first intern to join them to climb the peak and crator of Mount Fuji (Tallest peak in Japan!).