During the summer holidays, Sixth Form student, Eilidh Nugent arranged some work experience with Black Box Architects, to further understand the work of Architecture and explore if it would be something she wanted to study further. Eilidh is studying Product Design, Geography and Biology A Levels.
Eilidh said: “I worked alongside Malcolm Wilson and Chris Days for my work experience with Black Box Architects in Carlisle. Being able to experience a smaller practice meant that they were able to be flexible and accommodate me. Malcolm gave me surveys and floor plans to draw up for him. He also dedicated time to showing me his work and explaining how he designs passive housing and concepts such as nutrient neutrality, which ensures new developments don’t damage vulnerable watercourses and catchments areas.
This experience has helped me to better understand what I want to do in the future and opened up opportunities for me – I was offered work there for a gap year before University. Before visiting Black Box, I wanted to do Product Design or Design in Industry, however, now I have decided to take a gap year to help me decide if architecture would definitely be a possible route for me to take.”