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Type of firms for internship
Hi,

I am in my 4th year of architecture and I am very much confused about choosing the kind of firm for internship. Should I get trained under a big architect or a smaller firm? What will actually help me in my practice later?
Prathibha Chandaver
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Type of firms for internship
Join any firm with not less than five years maturity and choose a place where you get exposed to working drawings / site execution / practical experience of day-to-day problems of architecture that are tackled every day.
Dushyant Nathwani
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Thanks a lot Dushyant Nathwani. Can you suggest to me any such firms in Bangalore?
Prathibha Chandaver
Type of firms for internship
Hi,

I did my training at Total Environment Building Systems, also known as Shibanee n Kamal Architects. It is a very good firm as far as training is concerned.
Arpita Ray
Type of firms for internship
my vote to smaller but decently functioning firm. that gives you more opportunities to do all tasks involved.
but size of the firm should not be your sole criteria. do you have any perceived professional direction for yourself? do you wish to pursue any specific type of work, like more of commercial or otherwise? is there any particular philosophy that you believe in?? you may opt to work with somebody that helps you hone your own interests.
since i was interested in traditional architecture, i opted to train with someone who took a vernacular approach to his projects. some of my friends wanted to work with a more reputed and commercially successfully architect and applied so.
you gain experience everywhere.
Shubhru Gupta
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THANX SHUBHRU GUPTA FOR THE SUGGESTION.I PERSONALLY LIKE TO DO TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE,BUT WILL THAT CONFINE ME TO JUST DOING SMALLER PROJECTS LIKE RESIDENCES?PLEASE SUGGESTS ME A FIRM WHICH DOES TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE.
Prathibha Chandaver
Type of firms for internship
my biggest achievement in training was gaining the understanding that tackling small things sometimes leave the most important impressions and constitute our experiences for the lifetime. also, i don't think traditional architecture just means residences. its essentially about the approach and outlook of architect. even if you dont get to work directly on such projects, you may learn a lot from day to day interactions with him, which may help develop your own understanding. Laurie Baker was very effective in clubbing the economic restrictions of his clients with vernacular architectural traditions, but his successors seem to concentrate more on 'low cost' aspect of projects, or so i have heard. he would have been the best.
where are you based? i am based in new delhi and know of very few such ppl here...ahem...actually my general knowledge on such matters is very limited :">
also, the pay with such people may be towards the lower end of the spectrum.
Shubhru Gupta
Type of firms for internship
Fortunately, we have quite a few architects who have worked with 'traditional' architecture in different ways in INdia successfully.
I have been lucky working in Laurie Baker's NGO. You can contact this NGO COSTFORD at .
Its not completely true that his followers have failed to practice his original principles. but it is a truth that "laurie school of thought' has gained more popularity because of its "cost effective' approach.... but Shubhru, here I would like to comment that "low-cost' and 'cost effective' are two different concepts with very subtle difference... laurie baker architecture beleives in the second one!
Gerard De Cunha(Goa), U C Jain (Bombay) can be a few other options for Pratibha.
regards
P Das
Type of firms for internship
certainly prashant, i agree. i am very impressed by the works of laurie baker and acknowledge that 'cost effectiveness' of his approach is quite commendable. i never had the chance to work with him, even though i wud have loved to. but surely its not the only attribute. i am more impressed by his understanding of local architectural practices which he translates so easily in his detailing of buildings. the idea here was to mention that after he stopped actively working, his successors carrying forward his work seem to emphasize more on the 'cost effectiveness' of the projects than the other lessons to be learnt from him. for me, this was second hand info that i got from some friends who worked at costford. but pratibha, it still stays one of the more recommended offices.
Shubhru Gupta
Type of firms for internship
hi,
i i would like to know how to apply for laurie baker's firm... can you please help me out.
Shaili Bhavsar
Type of firms for internship
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