Architectural apprentice

The importance of the architecture apprentice role

We’d like to introduce two important younger members of our team, Sam Tiddy and Jack Read. “Our practice has always prioritised the development of young talent, and we are delighted to support Sam and Jack with their architecture apprentice roles and help develop their professional careers” commented practice Director, Perry Mears. He continued. “With various routes into the architectural profession, our approach combines the practical hands-on experience of a busy architectural practice, with valuable academic training at college. Time spent in the office benefits all-round development, working on a variety of projects, with different members of our team, giving valuable exposure to the reality of a modern architectural practice. It’s great to see our apprentices hone their all-important soft-skills when dealing with our colleagues, clients and professionals, whilst seeing the day-to-day challenges and pressures of a modern professional environment. Our varied projects create a great opportunity to experience different sectors of our profession, and find what particularly inspires. We look to ensure that our apprentices have a solid knowledge, experience and understanding to guide their future careers.

Sam Tiddy

Sam has been with us for 3 years as an architectural apprentice, building real skills and achieving excellent academic results. “I’ve never looked back since taking my first, rather tentative steps into the architectural profession” said Sam. “My hopes and aspirations are constantly exceeded.” He continued. “My role is really interesting and I love that I am constantly learning and developing daily. The opportunity to work with experienced RIBA Chartered Architects is so inspiring. Working as part of the team, my technical skills enable me to input the detail into drawings, considering how a building will be constructed and eventually perform. Site visits develop an understanding of how designs are actually built, beyond the two dimensional plans; it’s so rewarding to see a project that you have been involved in, actually come to life.

Sam’s hard work and tenacity in the office includes undertaking measured building surveys, preparing drawings for, and submitting, planning applications plus developing technical drawings for Building Regulations applications and tender packs, and so much more.

“Alongside this work, Sam has been equally successful in his studies.” explained Perry Mears. “It’s only possible to achieve this level of success through real commitment to the academic studies, investing time, with real determination. Sam has achieved a great deal, having completed a BTEC Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment to distinction level, and is now working hard in his second year of HNC in Construction and the Built Environment.”

Sam is delighted with his choice of profession, keen to complete a degree in Architectural Technology, ultimately leading to a role as a Chartered Architectural Technologist. In the rare moments that Sam isn’t working or studying he loves listening to music and plays the guitar, always to looking to develop his skills, in every direction.

Jack Read

“We were delighted to recently welcomed Jack to our team, also as an apprentice architectural technician. Relishing the opportunity Jack has immediately involved himself in many aspects of the office, keen to take any opportunity and experience” said Perry Mears. “Jack has been involved in numerous tasks, attending surveys of existing buildings, producing high quality drawings and really useful 3D models, all key parts of the design and planning process.”

Jack’s previous experience in construction includes achieving Level 2 carpentry and Level 3 construction and the built environment, leading to his current studies for Level 4 construction HNC, to equip him to develop his new career.

“I’m really relishing the opportunities which will come as being part of the Peregrine Mears Architects team; I am learning so much every day; always keen to learn more; it’s really inspiring.”

When not in the office, Jack enjoys playing football and generally staying active; he’s certainly chosen the right career!

“We recognise the importance and value of having young people in our team, bringing a fresh approach and different thinking” emphasised Perry Mears. “We remember our early days and the support we were given. We’re keen to ensure that our young people are inspired, experienced and equipped for the future.

Peregrine Mears Architects organise ongoing continuous professional development opportunities and design days, always looking to expand and maintain professional knowledge and expertise at all levels.