Impressive pitch secures internship with global architecture and design firm
17 August 2023
Interior Design student Sam Bloor is in the midst of an internship with Gensler – a global architecture, design and planning firm that’s on a mission to create a better world through the power of design.
Sam was offered the internship after impressing Gensler’s associate interior designer, Ryan Mullahand, during a course collaboration with the firm. The then second-year students were challenged by Gensler to develop a future workplace concept and experience centre for a technology sector client. Students were able to choose from a list of possible clients or select their own.
Considering how the pandemic has changed the way we work, the students needed to ensure that their concept aligned with the brand, catered for both collaboration and solo working, supported a positive office culture and was ultimately commute worthy.
Sam clearly ticked all the right boxes with his designs for tech company Snoop. Asked how it felt to be selected for an internship off the back of the project, Sam said: “I feel very lucky and grateful that I was chosen, especially as there is such talent within my peers on the course. The recognition from someone external and in industry was really inspiring and I'm glad the hard work paid off!”
Now in the middle of the internship, Sam is looking forward to bringing what he’s learned back into the final year of his Interior Design degree. He said: “I already feel like I have gained invaluable insight into life within industry, and it really helps to put into perspective and justify everything that we have learnt and do on the course by seeing it within a professional firm.
“It's been great to get to see all the different opportunities and ways that people specialise within the industry as well as to get to hear about all the things that people have done in the past in order to get to where they are today. I also feel like my skills have really grown throughout my experience so far and I think that when I return my university work will benefit from seeing different approaches to design.”
The Interior Design BA(Hons) academic team champions industry collaboration throughout the course. This project was just one of many opportunities students have to connect with industry during their studies, as Sam explains: “All three of our main design projects in second year were projects in collaboration with industry, which was really good.
“Through each project we received feedback from the different professionals that were supporting us which I think really pushed our designs and ideas to be the best they could be and also it helped to ground the projects as these projects are the sort of thing that they would work on on a daily basis.
“Another great thing about getting the opportunity to get industry feedback throughout the year is that ultimately these are the sorts of people we’re aiming to impress with our work to get a job once we graduate which just makes that feedback so much more valuable. It kind of feels like a cheat sheet to help push our work and stand out.”