The choice of which university to go to was pretty unclear and difficult, especially as my parents’ and teacher’s advice was not appealing. After the painful sifting process, I made a top 5 list, took the entrance examinations, got admitted to a few of them and finally chose Fashion Management. Although I wanted to study fashion designing and become a fashion designer, I was not brave enough to even try it. Not being brave enough is one of a few things I regret even now.
turned out to be surprisingly easy (compared to the grammar school) and soon I
felt, that this is not what I really wanted to do. Luckily, I met my long term
best friend Kayka, who was as creative and as bored as I was. It was her idea,
to try to get into architecture, so after a half year preparation we both
passed the entrance examination and got enrolled to the oldest Czech Technical
University to study Architecture and Urbanism.
A year studying Fashion
Management might seem like wasted time, however it was a necessary step to
realise what I really want to do. Studying architecture immediately felt right
for Kayka and me as it’s a unique mixture of technical and creative subjects
and you have the freedom to choose which part of it you want to engage with. Studying
was not so much intellectually demanding as time consuming - never ending hours
designing, drawing, sketching and studying other architects’ work.
Studying at the
university also allowed me to travel abroad and gain professional experience
via internships. While studying for a year at Union College in Upstate New York
I gained enough confidence to travel alone to Japan (with only elementary
knowledge of Japanese) and work there in a purely Japanese local architectural
office. This experience was invaluable for my personal growth, not to mention
how it helped me to get another placement in Norway and in Switzerland later on.
All of this created a solid base for my current position.
Currently, my daily
routine at work consists of drawing 2d plans, sections and details, creating 3d
models, setting up Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflow, coordinating
with other consultants and liaising with clients. The work is very varied,
every projects is different and that’s what I love.
Reflecting on my journey
on becoming an architect, I believe that making the wrong decision was part of
the process and you shouldn’t be afraid to accept and embrace mistakes as they
help you to find the right way in the end.