Ray LauArchitecture Intern | Cape Town
Working in Cape Town has been an unforgettable experience. Not only have I had the opportunity to pursue my passion for architecture but also to be exposed to a new and vibrant culture. This is my first time living in Africa and the past four months living in Cape Town has allowed me to dive deep into the local culture and explore hidden gems that range from drinking the best Rooibos tea in in a shabby alley coffee shop to 216 meter bungee jumping on Blaukran Bridge. As the major city of South Africa, Cape Town has a unique building infrastructure. It has European-style architecture and modern high-rises as well as poor districts of slums and shacks. The architecture firm I worked at serves all types of clients, which has provided me with exposure to the wide range of building types being constructed here. This has taught me how to think about and see things differently to create spaces that are applicable to the particular environments. The firm is located near the commercial district and the company culture is intense yet friendly and enthusiastic. The office faces both Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, so it is always very nice to walk to work in the morning. The office is always busy so I am able to get my hands on almost every project.
Living in Cape Town has expanded my horizons. Encountering both local people and the international community here has given me a broader perspective on the world and has allowed me flourish both personally and professionally.
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