So it came as a bit of a surprise when I opened my new Broadway Malyan notebook on my first day in the Lisbon Studio, and looking back at me was that same view of Mann Island framing my company introduction. I really should have been better researched, but in a flurry of applying for internships, I had not put two and two together!
My time at Broadway Malyan formed an integrated placement period as part of my Part 1 MA Architecture programme at the University of Edinburgh. I count myself as one of the lucky ones, landing in a beautiful city, welcomed by fantastic colleagues, and working for such a forward-thinking and exciting company.
The Broadway Malyan internship programme was everything I could have hoped for and more – my opinion always valid and my questions never silly, I could throw myself into every task, amounting knowledge and skills at an exponential rate. I was mentored and guided by everyone I came across and given invaluable exposure to the industry through client meetings and skills workshops.
I had been asked to be thrown in at the deep end at Broadway Malyan and that is exactly what I got – the pace was unlike anything I had ever known. I am someone who thrives on being challenged and in the six months I spent in Lisbon, I was pushed to achieve more than I would have ever thought myself capable. I worked on a range of schemes, from hotels to malls to masterplans and was given real responsibility and exposure to all aspects of a global architecture practice.