Prity Chatterjee

Prity Chatterjee, Aspiring Architect, London, UK

What inspired you to want a life in Architecture and the creative industries?
Growing up, my family and I moved around a lot and with each new place within London that we moved to, the more I realised the need for understanding what a great space entails. I suppose I’ve made sure I can give myself a sense of agency within the longevity of communities in cities by knowing how houses can become safe and healthy homes and in the process explore my love for the arts!

Who inspired you in finding your path to Architecture and the creative industries?
I have greatly appreciated the help I’ve received from my friends along my journey but I fully understood my role and came into a full sense of confidence in the industry when I entered my first placement year. The office was a brilliant space where peers are frank with their hobbies, interests and future endeavours which is inspiring and has inspired me to work smarter. I can’t help but shout out Narrative Practice where Dhruv Gulabchande has become an example of someone of a similar.

How you unlock obstacles and overcome bias in your work.
I have found asking questions is the only real way to overcome anything. If something is confusing, ask questions. If you struggle to do something, ask around. I have found colleagues or students around me very willing to help in these circumstances.

What improvements you feel are required to promote effective change in the academic and working environment?
Academic environments could benefit from having more one off workshops where students get to engage with agents within the professional industry who may be of help to them when it comes to job or even just being able to assist when one needs professional help.

For work environments, I recommend employees being able to participate in volunteering such as helping local environment cleaning groups or being involved in mentoring the younger generations who are not just London focused either.

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