Time flies so fast. It has been three months already, since I started working on this curved desk, in a strange office building, with a-castle-like skylight. I began my internship at RAW Architecture on 6th September 2016. I remember how my first day as an intern here, my jaw was dropping just because I saw this office for the first time. “What an amazing building”, I thought as I walked and see the exterior of The Guild. As I went into the studio, I know this is the place where my incredible journey began.
I met Kak Miftah and Kak Rimba, RAW’s associate designer and also my internship supervisors. They are really great and I glad to know them. They guide me, teach me when I don’t understand or confuse, patient with me because sometimes I feel so slow and weak when doing the task. Kak Miftah always said, “If you didn’t know how to do something, just ask us. Don’t let yourself trapped in confusion”. I also meet amazing designer here that always help me, even though I made many mistakes. I love working with them, I love the atmosphere of this office. I enjoy the pressure when the deadline is coming even though it was frightening, really enjoy laughing with the other designer as I hear their jokes from the mezzanine. Such memories.
I also had a chance to meet the principal of this office, Mr. Realrich Sjarief. The first time I saw him, he seems so humble and he really is. For me, he is a role model, a charismatic leader that always encourage his team, never hesitate sharing everything he know to the other, always optimist and believe that we can push ourselves to limit in an efficiency time. He is a remarkable person, and I feel so lucky to saw him leading his dream team in person.
To be honest, I didn’t imagine myself will be an intern at RAW Architecture, clicking my mouse in the designer’s hive, going home like Cinderella at 00.00 am. All my friends asked, how could you bear working with such pressure? At the first week as an intern here I couldn’t even feel my bone, off course I feel extremely exhausted. Am I going to make it? Am I capable being an intern here for three months? But as the time goes by, I managed to adapt myself here. I took this as an introduction about architecture in real life. That everything takes process, there are stages at designing something to become finished. I’m impressed how everyone can work harder and longer than myself every day, I should learn how they manage their time, how they seek ideas to design hundreds projects here.
As an intern in RAW, I earned a lot of knowledge about architecture. Especially be able to design and draw the ideas. I also feel improved with my software skill and can work more quickly. I remember my first day here I was so scared. I’m not fluent in operating Sketch-Up or AutoCAD because I always use Archicad in college. But as time flies, I can use those programs without hesitation. Not better at technical skills such as drawing and illustrating, but I also feel improved in my teamwork skills. Thanks to Mr. Rich, Kak Miftah, Kak Rimba, Kak Asep, Kak Aki, Kak Tolay, Kak Ali, Kak Acong, Kak Tirta, Kak Laras, Kak Ellena, Kak Nida, Kak Jajo, Kak Ica, Kak Damar, Kak Gomes, Mas Yopi and all of RAW’s team for showing me what teamwork really is. Also thanks to my friends on practical work for always help and grip each other’s shoulder together. From this unforgettable experience I learned to take responsibility to do the task as good as possible. Push myself to limit to work even quickly and more precise every time.
Thank you RAW, especially Mr. Rich for given me opportunity to learn more about architecture here. Thank you for the unforgettable journey, I will remember this as my first step to reach my goal. As I walk out from this office at my last day as an intern, I know I’ll miss The Guild so much. There’re no more shalat berjamaah at OMAH, no more go to warung, no more crazy laugh because of the jokes from the mezzanine, no more weird music that accompany us when the deadline comes, and no more Cinderella going home at midnight. Keep being the best office in the world!
Agnia Gama Priviyanti – Universitas Bina Nusantara