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OnCampus Placement: Sheffield Housing Conversations Communication Analytics
About the placement/internship

Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

I decided to do a placement to continue a successful relationship forged with South Yorkshire Housing Association in our Live Project as apart of our Architecture Masters degree. I wanted to continue the group work that we had started and felt that the process needed more time.

How did you find your placement/internship?

Through a student initiated funding for two onCampus placements following a Live Project at the University of Sheffield Architecture Masters course.

Main responsibilities

Working collaboratively with people in different fields, whilst being the most junior in those discussions was a unique experience and taught me the importance of organisation, note-taking and listening. It was also my resposnbility to organise meetings, set agendas and to follow up on the minutes of the meeting to ensure that all parties SYHA, Crucible Letting and SSoA were all in agreement with what had been discussed.

Typical day

A typical day involved using secondary research to inform primary research gathered through surveys and discussion to influence our discussions with all the parties involved. During the placement, it was important to gather lots of different but appropriate sources of research. This helped me to understand the context I was working in and allowed me to use research to communicate the ideas I was forming. It was important to understand the limitations of certain pieces of information: such as understanding that Census information from 2011 had its limitations in the context of Kelham Island today.

Did you use any skills learned from your course?

Graphics:It was important to use visual aids in meetings, to communicate complex architectural ideas and thoughts to people who were not architecturally trained. It was important to draw on different computer programmes to do this and develop different graphical styles to communicate different ideas at different levels of resolution. This helped meetings run smoothly and ideas to be understood clearly.

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Form completed: 04 Jul 2018

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