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Rucha Vivek Jaykhedkar – KRVIA

I was determined to intern at RAW Architecture after I read about it. The process of application started off quite a few months back and I didn’t know if I would get the opportunity to work with their team. I was inspired by the work and ideologies of the firm and today I can’t believe that I came here and 8 weeks of my internship are already over.

I have had a wonderful experience interning at RAW. I was able to be part of different kinds of projects – residential and institutional. Some were delivered through models and some through technical drawings. The discussions in the studio with Mr. Realrich and fellow designers gave me an insight into how complex the system is- it starts with the design process of brainstorming and bringing out alternative ideas for the project, taking into consideration the site, client preferences till it finalises into a good design. Mr. Realrich says that the design process is the framework to the final product and requires to be stronger, requiring more time, thinking and the attention to detail. Not only that, each project has an underlying story and a philosophy that drives the project. I remember Mr. Realrich telling us about the Alpha Omega school and how it symbolises life and death which is very interesting because buildings impact lives of people and stand long enough to tell a story.

The philosophy classes at RAW introduced me to the ideas of some great philosophers which I did read about later. One cannot truly teach architecture. It is a skill that you develop through observation, experience and inspiration which is exactly what this class meant to me. It opened up ideas and made me think of things that I usually don’t.

Today, as an architecture student I can see that there is so much more the world of architecture has to offer. With so many emerging architects and advancing technology, it is difficult to catch up. It makes me anxious if I can survive in this field. But ‘Anxiety’ is what drives you to work more and more if you use it as your strength. I have always been in that condition since the time I joined architecture but it probably can get the best out of you as long as you are satisfied. Many of such Monday morning pep talks by Mr. Realrich have been energy boosters for all the days I have interned at RAW. He has been a great mentor and I am sure that his expertise will be an influencing factor in the works I will do in the future.

The studio environment and the RAW team has been very motivating and enthusiastic and I have a lot to take back from it. I would like to thank Mr. Realrich and the team for giving me the opportunity to experience this journey. It was a pleasure working with RAW and I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.

Regards,

Rucha Jaykhedkar

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Rucha Vivek Jaykhedkar – KRVIA

Dear Mr.Realrich Sjarief,

I am Rucha Jaykhedkar currently studying in my fourth year (semester 7) of architecture in Mumbai but my hometown is Nashik, a smaller city 170kms away from Mumbai and I am seeking for an architectural internship at RAW for a period of 100 days as part of my University.

I have always wanted to pursue architecture and could never imagine myself doing anything else when it came to career choices. I believe that architecture is not only about designing a building or a space but a social science that influences the lifestyle of people and communities for better. It is what we build for the society and its future generations. Therefore, all of my projects that I designed during my design studios tried to reflect the larger idea of community participation in an Institution. Being in architecture school has also given me a wider perspective to look at the surroundings as I travel.

The practical aspect of building a project is what I want to learn from RAW and also hope to work on similar lines in the future. I admire your work because all the projects seem to respond so well to the context and yet make an impact. Also there are many styles of building with a wide range of play and experiments with form and material with real translation of diagrams to buildings. Hence I believe that there can be a lot to learn from all of these aspects.

Over the years I have designed projects in various contexts in India from a dense city like Mumbai, to a small village in the mountains of Chakrata. The various user communities make me think about spaces critically. I am enthusiastic, passionate and I can work very well in a team. My software skills include AutoCAD, InDesign, Photoshop and Sketchup.

I am sure that this internship would be a great learning opportunity to grow in the field of architecture and I really look forward to working with your team. Thanking you in anticipation.

Sincerely,

Rucha

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Christine Gunawan – Universitas Indonesia

My internship is purely based on my own interest and curiosity on how to transfer myself from university to professional world. From whether I have to go straight to pursue my masters, I want to work in small developing firm or corporates to I want to make my own firm kind of plan which are no doubt, several big milestones an architect wanna-be can think about. Lucky me, Mr Realrich and colleagues in this architecture workshop has gave me opportunity and introduced me warm-heartedly to experience eight weeks of office life, studio culture and work ethics. In regards, I would express my appreciation and thank you to Mr Realrich Sjarief, associates and many designers that were willing to work closely with me and thought me both technical and visionaries experience about architecture as profession.

Today, I have come to my last  day of my independent internship program at RAW. In the beginning of the internship, I have plenty of expectation I did took notes on. And let me tell you, it is not the common ones. For instance, involved in some urban scale projects, being able to create powerful detail drawing to be used in a project, having to know how to develop a design on paper into real-life structures on ground and dealing with clients.

Guess what, only 15% of these come to life. That 15 % was being able to touch a small part of the urban scale project – which is fair enough since those are infamous expectation points a 2 months intern could have. As a reflection, many of my expected points need some extra time to be learn throughout. Many others, they just need more experience, more opportunities and more definition of an own architectural language which have always been a true challenge any architect in progress. However, I did involved in many interesting projects with Mr Realrich and team that has taught me unexpectedly beyond my expectations both technically and non technically.

Back to my former curiosity statement, being in a state of progressing as a fresh grad, I’ve always wondering what is it that a normal architect should pursue after they graduate especially in my case – the rushing and extremely anxious human being. Without neglecting my own personality, moral and values, thoughtful lessons I have got in this studio has impact my thinking in an immense way. While the world is often against the believe of architecture and underestimate the sleepless night an architect has devoted on, Mr Realrich never spend a second doubt on his calling in this field. Presumably, there are distinctions I can help to breakdown between my state and Mr Realrich state.

After a while of internships, teaching and learning as well as talks with Mr. Realrich and friends I have learn a couple of new paradigm I think many of interns should be aware of during their transition life. First of all, an idea I got from Mr Realrich perspective is that, every architect in progress would certainly need their first 10 years in their field to explore, to know what they want, to move from many self-interest to another and to grow uncomfortably. It is the only time we could hardly spend on learning and deconstructing our ego as well as not to worry if we haven’t be settle in life.  Secondly,  is how to work professionally, meaning that even if we do small things we do it with our maximum effort with the a certain quality where it is enough to be seen by others and enough to respect our own master piece. Thirdly, is how to overcome a powerful anxiety – by balancing our life. It is important not to fully spend time in front of our workstation but to also have some leisure and tidying up our sanctuary. Last but not least, is not to doubt on our believe and what we have been started as a form of gratefulness to God and the universe. Therefore, it is okay to dream big, universe will open up ways when it is truly a dream that are made for you.

At last, I could not say enough of appreciation and thankfulness for this opportunity. Wishing Mr Realrich,  associates and team a best journey a head. I has been always a pleasure to be part of RAW impactful role in architecture.

Best Regards,

Christine Gunawan

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Miftahurrahma Ridwan – Universitas Gadjah Mada

Hate to say, but I know this day will come. The day of my last internship program at RAW. It is crazy and wonderful to look back what I have done for almost eight weeks of my internship period. Starting from an empty glass that does not know how and what architecture world will look like and ends up picturing the world that will be embraced after my college period and lucky me Mr. Realrich and colleagues in this office has gave me opportunity and let me kind-heartedly to experience eight weeks of office life, work ethics and studio culture.

Flashback on my first day as an intern, I must have bunch of list the things that I want to learn about the world of architecture. It is start with designing a building and learning about concepting design, how to transform a form and until I reach how to designing an urban scale. Indeed, what could we expected from two short months and expecting that I could master all of that, right?.  But what the best I got is how the process of being someone who is great at conceptualizing design, the process of being someone who is great at transforming a design, and also someone who is great at things of curiosity.

As everybody said that we can’t eliminate the process from the meaning of successful. Once Mr. Realrich said the process is a phase of self maturation and from that phase we can learn how to be the best side of us.

Honestly, as a student who is still learning and still green in the world of architecture I do still get anxiety about world of architecture in forward. Sometimes it still feel not enough from the intense competition, sometimes I also fell my design is not strong enough to waken somebody or impressed somebody. But seeing Mr. Realrich and colleagues worked on a project made me realize that anxiety never left us. From all of the point, what all we need is how the anxiety can become one of the strengths and encourage us to do as much as possible and become the best version of our self.

Many things that Mr. Realrich and colleagues have done either realized or not have opened my architecture’s eyes in a right way. First of all, is a sincerity and determination. If you are being serious then do it until the end and even though there will be a small problem on way through of it which will make you bigger. Secondly is, how to control anxiety. Even though Mr. Realrich and Le Corbusier itself has anxiety and they success control it and become undoubted person. Thirdly is, a paradigm in seeing the architecture’s world. It is not only the title of job or work but make it to part of your life. Fourthly is, time management. Always try to have enough space to get relax from all the works. Fifthly is, be a professional person. This point I get when I working on the details of the building of a project or even when I was working on the model. Even the details of the detail must be considered and if we do a small thing we do it with a maximum effort. Sixthly is, Sumarah. This is really hit my heart when Mr. Realrich told us once. And indeed, of all of the work that has been done, we must give it up to the supranatural elements that we believe in. And sometime I think that sumarah is the highest stage of a job. When we reach the maximum of our work and let the spells  work on their own.

And still even at last statement of my paper, you guys not know how grateful I am being given this opportunity and feel this journey with all of you. I hope nothing but best for Mr. Realrich and colleagues in forward and always been pleasure to take this trip with RAW Architecture.

Thank you.

Best Regards,

Miftahurrahma Ridwan

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Miftahurrahma Ridwan – Universitas Gadjah Mada

Dear RAW Architecture,

My name is Miftahurrahma Ridwan, usually called by name Mifta as an architecture student in Architecture Engineering at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta who is so pleased to submit an internship application in architecture division at RAW Architecture. Through this letter I would like to express my interest to work as an intern in your firm.

I love to draw since I was in Junior High School, especially views, houses, buildings even pictures of people. Not just drawing, since I was in Junior High School, I do always have interest in aesthetics things. It might be related into photography, design graphic or even in fashion world. My knowledge about architecture has begun when accidentally searching about Japan and it turns out into The Church of Lights by Tadao Ando. I just amazed and love the way Tadao Ando uses light as a component of his design and make a
whole room has different feeling.

Now, when I am studying architecture, my knowledge and my mindset have been improving. For me, architecture is not only about science or is not only about art but it is a collaboration among science and art which leads to problem solving of some cases. In making design in Architecture, we are not only talk about the design, but also in the structures, the system inside, everything that connected in building and
even how to respond human behavior and put it with other physical aspects to form as one whole building and that is what I found interesting about architecture.

For the past two years, I realize that I need to learn more about architecture in structure and construction, the aesthetics and even the psychological aspect of the user. Because of that, I think it is not enough to just rely on the formal education as a I get for past two years. I think I need to learn more on informal education and it leads me to intern with the best firm, RAW Architecture.

I became really more interested by visiting RAW’s website by seeing some of the projects, and I believe RAW Architecture is the best firm to fulfill my curiosity and thirsty for knowledge and I hope in RAW I can learn more about how to make a good design, how to design in the right way, how to solve the design problem, how to make the details, how to communicate with design, how to enjoy the design process, how to work with a team and many more.

I really anticipated sharing and discuss with Mr. Realrich, senior, architect, designer, or creative people about architecture. Knowing their opinion about building and landscape from any terms it is such a good way to open my mind and widen my views about how to see architecture world.

It would be such as great experiences to spend two months for my internship at RAW Architecture. I will be the best version of me and I will keep learning and open my mind to learn about new things. Moreover, I am confident that my experience in RAW Architecture, would be exciting, fun, and valuable for both my studies and overall general development as a better future architect.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your positive response.
Best Regards,

Miftahurrahma Ridwan

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Christine Gunawan – Universitas Indonesia

Dear RAW,

I am writing to express my interest to engage in the internship program with RAW. My name is Christine Gunawan. I recently graduated from Universitas Indonesia(UI) and Queensland University of Technology(QUT) with Honours, majoring in Architecture. As I keep exploring for my passion, I currently assisting architectural design studio for 2nd year of architecture
major in UI.


I believe in the power of curiosity and passion for innovation through education. It leads me to carry out my self with a lot of excitement learning for 4 years in Architecture School. During my final year at QUT, I am given an opportunity to work with creative industries faculty higher degree research team to develop a prototype technology for visual impaired people. It is a technology that aims to help improve sight-less person’s sensorial experience through cognitive mapping to be able to travel and inhabit the city of Brisbane independently.

In this project, my role was to conduct a research about the current condition of the local architecture in order to restructure and solve the problematic gap between the street, buildings and stakeholders. As we were developing the project, I began to realise that Architecture is not barely producing physicality of building and structure. At that point, I got a chance to see architecture as a discipline that produce systems in form of space. This systems are realisation of integrated investment to support the growth of human race on earth in the past, present and future.

As I heard of RAW, I recognise this studio as a leading Architectural contributor that move towards innovation and improvements in Indonesian Architecture. I was thrilled to find out that through Omah Library, the studio mission is aligned with mine in terms of knowledge
sharing and networking towards a better future for our next generation. This has motivated me to work with the team closely that I believe could happen through experiencing the work place in an internship.

Besides, I can see my self as a collaborator, critical thinker and time management leader with a clear focus on blazing new paths forward by improving processes, revamping operations and motivating teams to excel. I am use to work with Autocad, Revit, Sketchups and partial knowledge in project management. Considering all of the qualifications, I am eager to dig for more experience as well as benefit RAW studio in many aspect in the future.

Along with this letter, I have attached a file consists of my most recent curated works and curriculum vitae as a reference. I will be able to work for 4-5 months during the whole weekdays except Tuesday and Friday due to my teaching assistant schedule at UI.

If necessary, I’d be pleased to provide greater detail about my skills and experience through an interview with RAW. Please keep in touch me at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,
Christine Gunawan

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