Birmingham architecture student wins prestigious internship


An Architecture student from Birmingham City University has beaten off stiff competition to secure one of a handful of summer internships with a leading architecture practice.

Second year BA Architecture student, Haiqal Che Zulhikam will be working at Sir Norman Foster's practice, Foster and Partners. The prestigious practice undertakes some of the largest and most complex projects in the world with the aim to create a sustainable built environment at all times.

Along with other applicants from all over Europe and the UK, Haiqal went through a tough four stage appointment process which involved a written application and portfolio, a personal interview and presentation of work, a skills practical test including technical and sketch drawing, modelling, and software skills.

He said: “I also had an interview to test my knowledge of architectural history and contemporary architecture. This was focussed around Malaysia, which is where I am originally from. They were keen to know how I would integrate this knowledge and expertise into the company portfolio. It was a really nerve racking experience and one I won’t forget soon! Although, it was all worth it as I’ve won the internship with them. I can’t wait to get started.”

Professor Jim Low, BA (Hons) Architecture Year 2 Leader and Haiqal's studio tutor, added: "Haiqal's achievement in competing successfully against international competition to be awarded this internship at Foster and Partners is fantastic news for him, for the School of Architecture and the University. It’s remarkable for a student who is only in his second year of the undergraduate programme to achieve this. It’s a tremendous opportunity and one which attests to the quality of the work he has been able to realise at the School and to the employability of our students."

Birmingham School of Architecture at Birmingham City University celebrated its centenary in 2009 and has well-established links with the best local architectural, landscape architecture and urban design practices in the region. All courses are fully validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Landscape Institute. Superb teaching facilities and a focus on practical skills which ensured 93% of its 2009 students were in employment or further study six months after graduation.

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